Babies in the rose bush

Written by Dr. Dolittle on July 29, 2009 – 4:29 pm -

Every year a pair of Mockingbirds chose to build a nest in the rose bush behind the house. That hasn’t always worked out well. I trim the rose bushes in the spring, making the nest site too close to the ground. Last year we had to remove a chicken snake from the nesting site, but only after it was too late for the chicks.

Alas, this year pruning didn’t happen, giving momma & poppa bird more building space. Soon three little eggs hatched into fuzzy babies. They watched us with total indifference when we peeked into their home to visit. Even after they left the nest and hopped from branch to branch they didn’t panic when we approched. Momma & poppa learned to ignore our invasion, bringing lunch while we watched. When the babies moved on we missed the interaction we had established, but next year we’ll do it again.

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