Hatching Spring

by Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) on May 14, 2013 · 36 comments

in Wednesday Hops,Wordful Wednesday,Wordless Wednesday

You know spring truly has sprung when baby birds hatch.  Princess Nagger was excited to show me her discovery of a nest in our Back 40 in my old greenhouse that still needs serious repair work.  The missing panel and remaining shelf was the perfect set up for a mama bird to make her nest:


Ahhhhh!  That’s where my missing cookie sheet ended up.   We moved in a little closer, hoping to catch a peek at the sleeping chicks:


See the fuzz?  Fairly recently hatched, they were napping peacefully. 

Oh look!  One’s starting to peek its head up:


False alarm, he poked his head up looking for food, then immediately went back to napping with his siblings:


Scrawny little things, aren’t they?  I stepped back again (I didn’t want to chance the mama bird returning then rejecting her babies because of my penchant for picture taking). 

I stood at a distance with my lens trained and waited.  And waited.  And waited some more. 

I finally saw some movement and started snapping like a crazy person, but my patience (and crazy) paid off as one of the babies raised their head for a couple of seconds looking for the mama bird:


Since time flies by way too fast, before you know it they’ll be flying like a bird from their nest.  I’ll have to get some follow up pics to share as they grow before it’s too late.

Do you have any bird nests in your yard this year?



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1 Theresa May 14, 2013 at 10:13 pm

Awwww! That is so cute! I just saw a birds nest in my tree out front, but it’s a tad too high to peek into.
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2 Sarah Halstead ( May 14, 2013 at 10:41 pm

Awww. So precious. Great shots.

3 Alissa Apel May 14, 2013 at 10:48 pm

I love the signs of a new life! So sweet!
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4 Danielle Royalegacy May 14, 2013 at 10:57 pm

Aren’t you lucky! I haven’t seen any nest around yet, but I know they are around.
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5 Stacey at RealWorldMom *LINKY* May 14, 2013 at 11:12 pm

How precious! Certainly not something I get to see very often, so thank you for sharing!

Happy WW!
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6 Sheryl May 14, 2013 at 11:14 pm

Your patience paid off. What a great shot!
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7 Lisa Newlin May 15, 2013 at 12:00 am

I think I officially qualify as an adult because I got a little teary eyed when I saw the little bird at the end with his/her beak open. Nature really is super cool.

I totally sound like my dad. I guess there are worse things in life, right? :-)
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8 @PamelaMKramer - A Renaissance Woman May 15, 2013 at 3:40 am

Whoa!!!! that is so cool that you captured those shots. I love it.
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9 Naila Moon May 15, 2013 at 3:58 am

Love the little birdies. Great shots!I put the correct link to my photo this week but wrong caption. Oh well. LOL~Naila Moon
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10 Dominique Goh May 15, 2013 at 5:12 am

We don’t have a yard so no bird nest for us.. yours looks so pretty.
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11 Charlotte May 15, 2013 at 5:17 am

Amazing photos! Will be lovely to watch their progress! x x
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12 EdT. May 15, 2013 at 6:27 am

So, are you going to retrieve the cookie sheet once they leave the nest? :-)

Happy WW!
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13 Robin (Masshole Mommy) May 15, 2013 at 6:37 am

Oh man, how flippin’ cute!!
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14 Beth F May 15, 2013 at 6:45 am

How great that you can watch them grow.
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15 Rebecca Jo May 15, 2013 at 8:15 am

Oh my word…those babies are freshly hatched, aren’t they????

So precious!!!!

Did you feel like you were sitting in a jungle waiting for the right moment? Animal photography… patience is involved :)
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16 Erika May 15, 2013 at 9:06 am

Oh how cute! There’s been lots of little birds nesting around here too, but I’ve not been able to peek into any to watch their progress, you a re so lucky!
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17 Jan's Sushi Bar May 15, 2013 at 9:29 am

We had the unfortunate experience this year of having something happen to a Mama Bird, which left her babies alone and defenseless. One by one, hey fell out of their nest (waaaay up in the huge Blue Spruce in the corner of our yard) and died – a total of five of them. It was one of the most pitiful things I’ve ever seen.
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18 keiths ramblings May 15, 2013 at 9:31 am

They are so tweet!

19 Patty May 15, 2013 at 10:32 am

How precious! Never seen the baby chick so up close. Great pics!
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20 Deborah Pucci May 15, 2013 at 11:14 am

Awww…..they are so sweet!
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21 Andreea B May 15, 2013 at 11:30 am

They are so little :)

Happy WW!
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22 Northwest Frame of Mind May 15, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Love your birds! Happy Wordless Wednesday. :)
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23 Dawn May 15, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Awesome photos. It’s so hard to believe those tiny, featherless babies grow into the birds they become. Baby squirrels look so unusual too. We had a few that fell out of nest and we brought them to a Wildlife Rehab Center to care for them until they could be released.
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24 Taylor Dean May 15, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Love these pictures! Thanks for taking the time to take them for our viewing pleasure! I have a perfect view of a nest in my tree in my backyard. The momma Robin is still sitting on her eggs and refuses to leave, even when I’m outside sweeping. Good momma! I’m impressed with her bravery!
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25 Twisted Cinderella May 15, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Great pics of such sweet little guys!

26 Twisted Cinderella May 15, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Wonderful pics of sweet little feathered babies!
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27 Chavonne H May 15, 2013 at 2:04 pm

What amazing photos!
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28 Emmy May 15, 2013 at 2:52 pm

How awesome that you captured that! Baby birds really are pretty ugly :)

29 Sue May 15, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Those are super cool pictures. I love baby birds. I saw one yesterday, on a walk but in a neighbors yard.

Thanks for sharing – great photos :)
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30 Susie Kline May 15, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Aww I’m so jealous! Great shots!

31 Evelyn May 15, 2013 at 8:33 pm

Oh my gosh, that is so precious!! I can’t believe you were able to get close enough to the nest to take those shots. Awesome!
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32 angie May 15, 2013 at 8:56 pm

Oh my stars. I LOVED seeing your little birdies!!!! Must feature next week. :)
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33 dude mom May 16, 2013 at 10:28 pm

So cool! We haven’t had baby birds within viewing distance in a few years. We had some outside of out window one spring and I wasted many hours just sitting there watching them!
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34 diane at Cooking Blind May 17, 2013 at 7:28 am

Great pics! Lucky that mama bird didn’t swoop at your head.

35 Lisa May 19, 2013 at 8:49 am

That little bird is so cute! Unfortunately, we haven’t got any nests around the house this year, although I can remember when we used to have one under our bedroom window! It was really nice to wake up for some bird sing:)
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