About a month ago I began to notice this little bird hanging around on our patio, always sitting on the back of our chair. She would come and go throughout the day.
Last weekend I noticed her hanging out in our birdhouse. This particular property has been vacant as long as we’ve owned it. This spring we finally have a renter.
As I sat one afternoon watching with my camera in hand, I noticed a second renter. He was trying very hard to get into the house, but was being blocked by the young lady. I could see that he was trying to bring her gifts.
He was very persistent and did not give up without a fight. He hung around and at one point when she flew away, he was able to enter and drop off the goods!
As I sat patiently watching her, it dawned on me. She is a little momma preparing to lay her eggs. Her figure has filled out since I first noticed her perched on the porch chairs. On this particular day she looked a little worse for the wear. Her feathers seemed a bit ruffled. She was very antsy and flew in and out, back and forth. She never went very far.
I think her time is coming. Unfortunately, the front door to her bird house does not face the kitchen window and I have to be outside on the porch to be the nosy neighbor! I am afraid that if we turn the house around it will disturb their little nest and they will move out.
I can feel the excitement in the air as I watch her fly around and prepare for her big day. I’ve heard that when a woman is ready to give birth she has a nesting instinct. I think this must be where that saying came from. Soon we will have grandbirds!