A wayward little phoebe in the farmyard
Early Friday afternoon I was walking across the farmyard over to the new house (that would be the one with the newly installed air conditioning system that has already temporarily gone kaput) and found a baby bird sitting in the grass.
And then I found a second one. And then I noticed the frantic mother bird swooping around and chirping up a fit.
More photos and The Whole Picture below. . .
Thanks to my correspondence last spring with wild bird expert Suzie Gilbert, who wrote the heartwarming and hilarious book Flyaway: How a Wild Bird Rehabber Sought Adventure and Found Her Wings, I knew they were phoebes, just like the ones that return each spring to their nest up in the rafters of the sheep barn. You can see photos of the sheep barn phoebes going from eggs to adolescents in my rave review of Flyaway.
These babies were pretty good sized, but the mother's anxiety had me wondering if they'd fallen out of the nest, or if flying lesson #1 had ended badly.
I've come across baby phoebes on the floor of the sheep barn before, and even though I really don't like being on ladders, I did my birdly duty and returned them to their nest.
Unfortunately I couldn't find this nest, so I carefully set the two babies on a bale of hay, where I figured they'd be a little more safe. And then in the midst of the whole air-conditioning crisis (moving day has been postponed once again!), I forgot about them for a while. When I checked back later that afternoon they had both disappeared.
The next day I found the larger of the two baby birds back on the ground in the farmyard, with the mother as stressed out as ever. I again placed the baby on a hay bale, and then I set up some extra security.
The mother flew up onto a haybarn rafter and stopped chirping. I'm not sure if she felt a little better or was too freaked out to speak. Probably the latter.
But at least I knew that baby bird was very, very safe.
Lucky Buddy Bear loves babies—no matter what kind they are.
Want to see more of The Whole Picture series?
4/11/08: A Tender Scene
7/19/08: Big Hearted
7/27/08: Siesta Time
4/9/09: Oh, You Big Baby
1/5/10: Cold Lover
4/26/10: Cleaning Up and Growing Up
7/27/10: Flora and Fauna
4/2/11: Back in Black
4/3/11: Now That's More Like It
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(click here to see all these posts on one long page)
6/29/06: Flying and Hopping in the Garden
10/17/06: Garden Life
11/6/07: Hayfield Grazing Rights
2/2/08: The Return of Chucky
5/25/08: Bunnies in the Barnyard
8/15/08: Trying to Blend by the Barn
3/17/09: Backyard Beauty
6/19/09: Vision Problems
12/25/09: A Holiday Surprise in the Greenhouse
7/23/10: Little Snake in the Greenhouse
8/5/10: You Never Know What You'll Find Inside a Feed Bin
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