Wednesday, July 20, 2011

More of the Birds and the Boys

When last we met, I told you everything you need to know about the birds and the boys. I showed you pictures of a bird building a nest in the hanging planter of geraniums on my deck. I also took my life in my hands to show you a photo of my husband, the Center of the Universe (CoTU), handling a bit of yard work. Why was that taking my life into my hands? Let’s just say that CoTU was less than pleased with being ‘outed’ as the kind of outdoorsman who wears more protective gear to trim shrubs than certain sherpas take to Kilimanjaro. I’m just saying…

Now why he actually posed for the pictures with no caveats as to their possible publication in this blog is beyond me. It’s been nearly two years since I started this venture and he might have noticed that just about everything is fair game. Then again, I’ve been with this man for more than 16 years, and you’d think that I might have noticed that he doesn’t always notice. Anything. But that’s another blog post for another day.

Meanwhile, I have new photos to share! The baby birds hatched a couple of days ago! When we first peeked into the nest, it was amazing to see lots of little semi-translucent bodies, wings and skulls that were scarcely recognizable as birds. Now they have fuzzy heads and the clear beginnings of feathers on those teensy bodies. It’s a remarkable thing to see.

Day One: Look at those limp bodies, and that one open yaw!

New definition of 'piling on'. Such bug eyes!

Feed me! Feed me! Feed me!

See the mama bird at far left? She's going in with food!

Look at this dude! Talk about a bad hair day! His fuzziness reminds me of the famous Albert Einstein photo!

Now when I post a photo of a deck sighting of spindly legs, and open mouth waiting to be fed*, I may have to clarify: is it a bird—or is it CoTU?

*One of CoTU’s favorite questions, asked frequently throughout the day is “Is it time for me to be fed yet?”


  1. Those are some great photos. How considerate of her to build a nest so available for photography.

    Stopping by from SITS.

  2. Cuteness! p.s. Husbands should know what they are in for when they live with a blogger!

  3. Hey Leah! Wrinkled-shut eyes? Huge mouth? Wailing for food? It's like me while I'm waiting for pizza to be delivered. Indigo

  4. Hello Leah, thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday, I appreciate very much.

  5. I am in awe of those birdie pictures! I have a great love for birds, and laughing, which I did quite a lot reading this post. Thanks for that, and for stopping by on my SITS day!

  6. Leah, what a wonderful and amazing treat to watch those little birdies grow. I love their fuzzy little downy heads! And as always, you made me laugh with your fabulous way with words and clever wit!

  7. Leah, those pictures are amazing! How precious!!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog on my SITS day! You are so sweet.