Friday, June 28, 2019

Gone To The Birds


"This place has completely gone to the birds."

In "25 words or less" I've been watching out for two barn swallow fledglings that left the nest too early and ended up on the barn floor and driveway.  Yesterday was a day of learning.  Today I felt like I had things much more under control.  Crazy birds.

I couldn't get to their actual nest to try to stick them back in.  It's somewhere above the roll up door.  Turns out both babies and parents seem to prefer this much roomier basket.  The babies had "so much more room for activities", the parents swooped in and out feeding them, sometimes perching on the handle and even carried droppings out to keep it clean.  

When the shade ran out this afternoon I tried to move the basket into the barn and the older fledgling flew away.  The younger one should be gone tomorrow.  In the meantime, I'm kind of enjoying having them around.












Note:  There are two videos below that will probably not show up if you are receiving the blog via email.  You will need to go to the actual site to view them.  I think.


Feeding


Practicing

P.S. This is one of my better baskets, not one I'd normally use to hold something messy like baby birds.  However, I couldn't get to my more everyday baskets in the garage...because a Carolina wren has nested on the basket shelf, yes, using one of my baskets.


17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Seems they know a good thing when they see it! beautiful Kentucky baskets.

Linda said...

Great (phone?) photos! You are such a good Shepherdess.

Michelle said...

Such great shots; such a good steward of ALL the creatures! Who woulda thunk the parents would just treat that set-up as the new nest? Hope you wore protective gloves for the bats....

katherine littrell said...

Wonderful!!!!

Grey Horse Matters said...

Great pictures! Beautiful baskets too. I'm sure they love their new nest.

sophy0075 said...

If I was a momma bird, I’d love that woven “nest.” Very fine!

thecrazysheeplady said...

Definitely not the phone, but the big camera with the 300mm lens sitting on top of the craziest looking "tripod" anyone's ever seen haha. I had fun figuring out how to best capture them.

Has anyone been able to watch the videos? They just sit there and do nothing on my computer. ? I couldn't get into my YouTube account for some reason :-/.

thecrazysheeplady said...

I used a washcloth to pick up the baby bat and I put him in/on the door jam...and just now thought to go look to see if he got picked up tonight. That happened to the last two babies I set there. Too tired to walk back up. Hopefully I'll remember in the morning.

Michelle said...

I tried to watch the videos on my MacBook, but they wouldn't run. :-/

DianeOart said...

I tried to watch the videos too and they wouldn't run :(

Nburrill said...

So much fun to see what’s happening on your farm! Thank goodness Mother Nature has you as her assistant!

Jo said...

How lucky that the parents were ok with the makeshift (and much improved) nest. Great photos. Are those barn swallows? I also clicked on the videos but nothing. Thanks for a great post !

I need orange said...

Awww. Thanks for taking such good care of evvvvveryone. :-)

Terry and Linda said...

Perfect! It made me smile WIDE!

Cheryl West said...

Aren't baskets wonderful to serve so many purposes? Very fortunate birds and bats on your farm.I fear I couldn't get the video to work on my Mac Book either.

Laura L. said...

I just love reading about all your baby birds and seeing the photos & videos. Thank you for sharing them.

Far Side of Fifty said...

You need one of my very washable acrylic yarn nests:) I notice that there is a Wildlife Rehab center in your area too... Grit and Grace Rehab:)

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