Thursday, November 05, 2009
A Time to BuildFor the past couple of days I have been watching some sparrows in the olive tree that shades my deck..I knew they were looking to build a nest but I always wondered how they BEGIN the process..how they keep the first bits of leaves and straw in place while they fly off to find more.
So it was fascinating to see the (soon-to-be) mother bird sitting on some scraps of twigs very precariously as there was also a strong wind.
With great dexterity she held on with her little feet while her mate went off in search of more building materials..
so the beginning was made of a very solid foundation,held in place with sheer strength and willpower..After a couple of hrs the nest began to take shape.It now has a small round bottom and they are so busy.
I showed me a lot of new things.
Firstly she was totally trusting that her mate would indeed come back to help.
Then she had to believe that he would help her do a great job of providing the family to come of a secure home.
She sits and waits and holds everything together while he travels ans searches.
She has to fend off other birds who want to hijack her nest..she has to chase away the mice that climb late at night and she has to overcome all odds to make this happen.
Its all to do with trust and instinct..
Soon she will be ready to lay her eggs and then for weeks she will not be able to leave and she will have to rely on her mate to bring her food and then food for the babies..Im learning a lot from these birds.It fills me with wonder that other species have so much more intelligence than us!!! LOL :)
posted by butterflies @ 2:19 PM
Site design by M. Collins, 2003