Hatching Spring

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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36 thoughts on “Hatching Spring

  1. 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? :-)

  2. Love the little birdies. Great shots!I put the correct link to my photo this week but wrong caption. Oh well. LOL~Naila Moon

  3. 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 :)

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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 :)

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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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