Category Archives: Feathered Friends

V-ger V-ger V-ger

 

Tall Cool ☺ne and I hear V-ger, v-ger v-ger just about every morning while having our coffee. Not sure what kind of birds they are singing v-ger, v-ger, v-ger,  but we joke about it daily.  V didn’t want me to be creative today so I’m wing-dinging it. I thought about vomiting vicious and vindictive vocals  and Tall Cool ☺ne mentioned vagina but those v-words just weren’t cutting it for me today.  So in tribute to the singing birds and the Vulcan (may he rest in peace) here’s to the Voyager 6.

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Gizzard & Guts

Gizzard & Guts

I thought this would be an appropriate title for today’s post. Please accept this shout out to all of my fellow bloggers who are partaking in this challenge. We as writers use our gizzard to grind our ideas, our thoughts and ponderings. We take to heart what other people say, or worse, what people don’t say about our offerings. It takes guts to share with the world what we think or don’t think. Everyone has an opinion and more people are quick to tell you what they think about your opinion, yet they have not shared one of their own.

This is the second year in the A-Z Challenge and I love it. I love reading my fellow writers posts and being a part of this community. Sometimes I forget to leave a comment (I know that’s part of the challenge so let me apologize for reading without commenting).

When I first started putting my thoughts and ideas out for others to read it was very hard to take the criticism. Most of the criticism came from people I knew and it hurt deeply. Too many times I wanted to give up and delete all of my pages, blogs, etc. But every time I came to the moment of “are you sure you want to delete?”,  a comment would show up thanking me for the inspiration or the laugh or the encouragement. It would change my mind and I would continue sharing my thoughts and ideas. You see writing for me is like therapy. I have to do it. It isn’t so much sharing but the physical act of writing is something necessary to my spiritual being. If I can help someone or encourage someone, I tag that as a bonus.

When I published my first book, I was so excited and I thought I’m going be the next Stephen King. Ha ha ha. Too funny seeing how it’s not even the same genre. But dreams are good and that was my ultimate goal: to get published. For a spell, I misinterpreted getting published with getting rich and getting famous. I was quickly elucidated as to what the difference was. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very proud of my accomplishments with the books even though they don’t make any money. That wasn’t the point… the point was having a goal and achieving it. Not to mention everything I learned in the research of writing them.

These blog posts are entertainment for me and my readers. I enjoy what I do and I will continue to do it as long as I come up with ideas. I hope you will continue to do so as well, be it writing, reading or whatever your goal may be. If you work hard enough at it, you can achieve it. It just takes a little Gizzard and Guts.

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The Birds & The Bees

6WSC: Inspiration

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Revelation: God controls every little thing.

They Flew The Coop

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The babies are growing bigger and pooping every where.  They are constantly popping their heads over the top of the nest.  The mom visits on occasion, but we see the dad encouraging more often than the mom. 

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This afternoon the dad has been spending a lot of time singing to them, calling them, praising them, letting them know that summer is here and it’s time.  Flap your wings little girls and boys.

They peep out over the top and look, and we see them trying to flap their wings.  The mom comes and checks in on them, perhaps letting them know the time is now and they need to fly.

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 June 21, 2013  

When we check the nest the next morning it is empty, and the babies are all gone.  None are found on the porch floor so we can only assume that they were ready and able to fly well.  For us this was an interesting experience.  One that we have never seen before.  It was amazing watching the cycle from May 24th to June 21. 

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June 18, 2013

The babies are growing much faster than I can keep up with updating. This is the first time I’ve followed a bird life cycle so each day amazes me with a new miracle. Watching the mom and the dad cater to the ugly little things is just wonderful. I know some people will think my use of ugly is not nice, but I’m sorry, in my opinion, they are not pretty such as cute little puppies or kittens.

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The mom and dad haven’t been spending a lot of time at the nest these days, however by the looks of the bird poop they do a lot of feedings.  Like all babies, little birdies need their sleep and do a lot of it. At least now they don’t look so skeletal and they are growing downy feathers, that make them sort of soft and fuzzy looking. That is if you can get past the big beak and beady eyes.

I’m not sure when they will learn to fly. Don’t they only get one chance? Fly or die, right? I’m not sure if I’m ready to watch that. Being human I forget this is wild life and I’m liable to try to help.  We, being human, always want to help when sometimes we need to stand back and let nature take it’s course.

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The mom and the dad know exactly what the babies need to survive in this world. They do not need my help at all. God is so amazing that He gives each of us what we need to go through in order to survive, not necessarily in this world, but in eternity. We, being human, always want to try to fix the pain, and the hurt, and the bad that others are going through.  Sometimes hard trials are necessary in order for a person to realize it’s not all about us, it’s about God.  Sometimes we have to stand down and let God do His work.  Just look at these little baby birdies… His work is truly amazing.

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Movement From the Nest

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June 7, 2013

Today was an interesting day. The male House Finch stayed close to the female most of the day. At one point I could hear loud singing and looked and it was him, he was in the second nest, singing to his spouse. This was so amazing. I didn’t realize what it meant at that time.

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June 8, 2013

We were sitting on our porch having a break after a lot of yard work, lawn mowing, garden weeding, etc. The female was not on her nest for a long time. Suddenly she swooped in and we watched her as she fed babies. AMAZING! I couldn’t stop watching her. We looked in the nest and there was still one egg left to hatch.

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June 10, 2013

Today I saw the male come in and feed the babies. http://youtu.be/vQyY7P87m5E (click link for short video).   The mom is still sitting on the nest much of the day. I was able to get a picture but it doesn’t look like much of anything but furry skeletons to me. There wasn’t much movement when I looked. I suppose, like puppies, they sleep a lot while they are babies. I will keep updating until they fly the coop.

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Bird Nest Update

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June 6, 2013

Not much has changed on the House Finch Nest watch. The mom spends most of the days and all night on the nest. She flies off whenever one of us goes out on the porch, but if we are quite and not moving around a lot, she comes right back. It is funny to see how she makes herself comfortable around the five eggs in her nest.

Daily the dad will visit the mom, and they swap spit with each other. He won’t stay long and I’ve only see him visit in the morning hours. I have tried numerous times to get a photo of this moment, but the dad is more timid than the mom. I am able to photograph the mom sitting on the nest, or when they are feeding on the bird feeder in the afternoon.

Over the weekend another female came in the vicinity of the nest. This was quite interesting to me because I wasn’t sure if like cats mother birds shared in the egg hatching process. I have seen chickens share a nest. This was not the case in House Finch protocol. The mom quickly came out of the nest and chased the other female finch off. I have not seen another female near the nest since.

It is interesting to see God’s creations create and commingle with each other. In a sense we are all the same. The male and the female species are similar yet not understandable to the opposite sex. It reminds me of a joke my husband told me last night. Please bear with me as I am not that good at repeating jokes.

He shared the joke he heard from a co-worker. It went like this: A construction worker who had been working long twelve-hour days for a very long time was visited by a genie. The genie told the worker he would grant him one wish. The man thought about the wish and decided that where he had been working long hours he would love to go on vacation in Hawaii. He hated flying and he didn’t really want to go on a boat, so his wish was that the genie would build a road from California to Hawaii so that he could drive there.

The genie looked at the tired construction worker and said, “That would be way too hard of a wish to grant you sir, please think about it and make another wish.”

The construction worker was a little disappointed but thought long and hard and finally he said, “I know, I wish I could understand women.”

The genie looked at the man and said, “Okay, you want a two lane or four lane high-way out to Hawaii?”

We may never understand each other, but we were made to live and pro-create together. Watching a nest of eggs being brought into the world, God’s world is a gift in itself.

 

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Bird Nest Watching

May 24, 2013

We noticed two nests on a railing under our porch. We have been watching a House Finch and her mate with the nests.

It started out with one egg and each day since then, another egg has been added. Today there are five eggs in the nest and the mom spends most of her day in the nest only leaving if the door is opened. We are trying to use the back door so not to disturb her.

These are jelly jars that we had lined up on a post, just for looks.  Birds decided it would be a nice place for a nest.

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 If you look closely you can see the mom sitting in the nest.

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My hand was a little shaky trying to get a picture of the eggs, where it was a guess of whether I got the eggs or not.  I’ll try to do better next time.

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According to bird nest watching protocol one should only view the nest every 3-4 days, but where it is on our porch, it’s easy to keep an eye on it. We have not touched the nest or the area where mom made her nest.

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