I love spring. I took all these photos this morning, and these aren’t even all the nests in my orchard!
The thing is, every part of my brain tells me it is stupid to allow birds to multiply in my orchard- the opposite of what I should want. And I’m a hunter with no compulsion about killing animals in the right circumstances-I’ve posted photos of rabbits I’ve taken and cooked up. But my heart and my brain can’t get together on this. The idea of killing or even just tearing down the nest of a mama bird and her babies/eggs is something I can’t quite get my head around! Oh well…I’ll enjoy them while they are nesting and then spend the rest of the summer trying to get rid of them! How much sense does that make?
First is a Robin, as you can see from the sky blue unhatched egg. I know for a fact that these guys were born last night or early this morning.
The next one below is a Brown Thrasher
Next up is a little sparrow of some kind. This nest is actually IN my blueberry bush!!! Now that is REALLY dumb on my part!
Finally, a khaki duck nest. This one is fun for me because I just got 4 khaki ducks 2 weeks ago. They had been living in a tiny dog pen in an urban part of downtown Nashville. It was thrilling to turn them loose on my little hobby farm and its been fun watching them acclimate to the wide open county! Within a few days 3 of the 4 of them (all 4 are girls) built amazing nests and began filling them. Since I only have girls, I went online and found some fertile eggs and I’ve switched them so the moms can actually have some babies.
BTW…one thing I found really interesting- and unfortunately you cannot see it at all in the photo- is that on the Brown Thrasher nest the entire OUTER structure of the nest- the “frame” part that was later filled in with smaller, softer things- was made of grape vine trimmings and especially grape vine bark. That is especially unusual because my grapevines are at the complete opposite end of my property- probably 400 yards away! That is a LONG LONG way to carry fairly large sticks and a LOT of bark. There were lots of similar sized sticks and other materials much closer. I wonder why my grape vine cuttings were preferred? Nature is neat.