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?