Monday, August 23, 2010

On Our Front Porch

Do you see that eye peeking out through the leaves?
That bird has been sitting in our geranium plant swinging on the front porch all summer long.
We thought he just had found the perfect little home and welcomed him by ignoring him.
Can anyone identify this beautiful grey bird with a slender black beak?

About 10 days ago I noticed that his eyes would widen as I got closer.
He seemed to go on high alert.

As I was absentmindedly watering the plant, the bird fluttered off in a big show of feathers and noise. It occurred to me to pull the plant down from its hook and take a look.
Duh. Call me a city slicker. Slow on the uptake.

Lo and behold, he's not a he, he's a mama! Of the first order.
Sitting on her eggs. Protecting them from the likes of us and our watering hoses.

Close-up of said eggs. As close as I dared anyway.
Notice the water spots.
Fortunately, eggs are nice and waterproof.

10 days later, today to be exact--babies!! Grey chunks of fluff!

Snuggling next to empty eggs. Beautiful little hatchlings, the same color as mama.
On our front porch. In our geranium basket.
My goodness, life is surprising!
A little thing like this can make your whole day.

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
Matthew 6:26


Beckypdj said...

What a sweet surprise. We've been enjoying tons of hummingbirds at our feeders on our back porch this year.

karen gerstenberger said...

It is such a gift to notice things like this - and a reminder that God is creative, generous and good. Nature is one of the greatest comforts, to me. Thank you for sharing this with us!

Jenny said...

That is so amazing! Thank you for sharing.

Robin said...

Ironically, it's a mourning dove. You probably hear them cooing in the mornings. They make incredibly sloppy nests, basically just a layer of sticks. Works for them.

Janis said...

Love those birdies. Jerry the bio sci major/ornithologist says it's a dove. We have two bird houses in the tree outside our kitchen window and love watching the mamas and papas building their nests, and raising their babies. Sweet pastime.

Anonymous said...

Ohhhhhhh Karen, that is so special. I knew it was a dove, I am quite a bird person. I feed them daily but have never had a nest up close. Even now when we sit on the deck they come feed because they know we are harmless. Tell Joe hi. xoxoSharon

Kay said...

Awwwww...babies! So sweet. I love how you're getting to see it up close too. : )

A Maui Blog said...

Oh my goodness - what a great capture! A gift of life hatching before our eyes! (ok, delayed via photo, but still ... it's a beauty!)