Aidan’s Aviary

photoMy son Aidan found this nest outside our front door a week ago as sure proof that Spring will soon turn to summer. He took this picture before returning the nest.

We placed it back in the tree next to the door and we are awaiting a new crop of robins.

Kudos: Photographer Aidan Turley

21 thoughts on “Aidan’s Aviary

  1. I originally read that as He took this picture before returning to the nest. Which actually made sense. But I haven’t had any coffee yet.

  2. The monarchs will not return to most of their usual places.

    Where have all the monarch butterflies gone:

    The number of monarchs overwintering in Mexico has plunged to a new low, with only 1.65 acres of forest covered with clustering butterflies. This record low compares to a peak of 51.8 acres recorded in 1996. At 20 million butterflies per acre, this year’s population is estimated at 33 million monarchs compared to the peak of 1 billion in 1996.

    (Monarch Population Drop).

  3. I can look down from our bedroom window @ a robin’s nest and eggs. I am not looking forward to when they hatch and those hungry babies are chirping @ 5am. That’s where ear plugs come in handy.

  4. Nick – we have a crow nest outside our bedroom window. She was so ecstatic when she laid her eggs that she cawed repetitively for a whole day. Then she was silent until they hatched. Now the babies wake up at first light hungry, and baby crows are LOUD! Lucky we get up early anyway. It’s neat to get an up close look at wildlife.

  5. Karen; I would not say she was ecstatic, I say she was cawing in relief at having finally gotten those eggs out. Finally she could sit quietly and hatch them.

  6. Aidan did the right thing by putting it back in the nest. It has been a good year for baby birds. So far I have raised a Blue Jay and a ring neck dove and both have adapted to the wild well. I kept them to keep the stray cats from getting them and I could not find a nest anywhere on my property. The first time the dove flew away, she was chased by another dove who saw her as a predator to her own fledgling. The dove was gone 3 days, and returned looking very ragged. I picked her up fed her another month and let her go again and now I see her on the porch occasionally with her brood. The blue jay, when learning to fly would seek the highest place to land and it took to the sky like a rocket flying straight up when I let it loose. What a beautiful bird. The dove was like a chicken, would fly up on my chair and sit in the curve of my elbow. When it was old enough to feed itself, I turned it loose. God’s creatures are beautiful.

  7. Karen, Crows and Ravens are loud as hell! They are also some of the smartest animals, working as teams and showing some higher order intelligence. My son spent 2 summers working in Skagway, AK. Ravens are everywhere and rule the roost in that small town. They make bears and raccoons look like rookies when it comes to getting into trash. Those foam ear plugs work well. I wake up, hear the birds, put them in and hear nothing. But, you have a kid, so hearing nothing is a problem.

  8. Nick: Thanks, I smile too each time I see the Jay sitting on my deck banisters or the doves leaving me messy gifts that I have to clean up. I look at them and know in some small way I can make a difference. You know it is funny, I never had any Jays around before I raised that one. Both the Jay and dove were brought to me by neighbor kids.

  9. Please post photos of the chicks when they hatch. I would hazard that they look like Bluebird eggs.

  10. I love hearing the chirping in the morning, some mornings it sounds like a forest full of birds. Those robins egg are like jewels in that nest, so pretty.

  11. Love the birdhouse. By the looks and color of the eggs, Annie and Schulte are right. Hopefully they will all hatch. Please keep us updated on their progress.

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