June 2, 2008

The First Family

This bird house is at least seven years old. For years no bird would set foot in the thing and we think it is because it's on our deck.

Last year one brave couple moved in, laid their eggs, and successfully hatched four beautiful chicks.  We thought the curse had lifted until one morning, as I held a cup of coffee in one hand and opened the back door with the other, I discovered evident of a quadruple homicide. Blood, feathers, and baby chick parts lay all over the deck. The silence was deafening and lasted the rest of the season.

 The house remained vacant all these many months until a few weeks ago when a second brave couple began moving things in.  Fluffy white stuffing, straw, and a myriad of other unknown items were methodically shoved into the tiny front door and arranged to suit their specific need.

Now I am happy to report there is new life on the deck again!  With the sound of sweet little chirps in my ear, I watch the sun rise and praise the Lord each morning.  As this mother and father work diligently to feed their hungry brood, God feeds my hungry soul with His nourishing Word.  Thank you Lord for these blessings each morning!


Their home

Psalm 84:3 "Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young — a place near your altar, O LORD Almighty, my King and my God."


annette said...

Thanks for this warm post. What kind of birds are they?

I have what I call a "teenage" woodpecker and a teenage cardinal that came skidding in as they landed at the bird feeder the other day. The mature birds at the feeder looked at them as if they were little twirps.

Have a blessed day.


luvmy4sons said...

His eye is on the sparrow and I know he watches me! Great pics!

Longmeadow Mama said...

Thanks for the beautiful object lesson this morning! It really blessed me.

PS Your pictures are always so incredible. What kind of camera do you use? We will be shopping for a new camera soon and could use any recommendations.

valerie said...

What beautiful pictures!
It's funny though...I've been complaining like crazy about some birds that have made nests in our carport. We have brick posts and with white columns and the corner is right above those and I park my car right under this section. (My white car!) Yesterday I went and bought gloves and sponges & scrubbed it all off. It was so gross! I almost took a picture, but decided not to. My husband says they are eating mulberries somewhere....so, yes, the poop is purple and has been all over the columns and brick AND my car.(my white car!) :) I think these are different kinds of birds....bigger black ones.
Now, I'll tell you about a sweet little bird house my father-in-law made us several years ago. He made these for us about a year before he passed away. They are very special to us. I never even saw a bird try to go in it until about a year ago. These two houses hang outside my kitchen window on our Bradford Pear tree. A few days ago I got some great pictures, from the window, of a little bird coming and going into the little hole.
I'll post that one of these days.
Your little birdies are very sweet.
Thanks for sharing.

Michelle said...

aaww look at those little baby birds - how neat to witness such a miracle as new life!

katiegfromtennessee said...

Those pics of those new baby birds are cute! Enjoyed reading your post:)


littlerad said...

That is awesome, praise te Lord...

Amy said...

We recently watched the process of the eggs, the hatching, & the baby birds 'growing up' just enough to leave the nest...in a tree at my mother in law's.

So far, the best lesson my kids have been able to see w/ their very own eyes!