Saturday, July 21, 2012
My little bird family moved out today. This morning I knew something was up. They all seemed very restless and I just had a feeling they were getting ready to leave the nest. The strongest one (that pushed the littlest one out of the nest earlier) was of course the first to go, followed closely by the other strong one. The little one that I picked up off the ground and fed was the last to go. She seemed so scared. Her mom called and called her and she just kept peeping and hopping around in the nest. I turned the bowl with the nest in it on it's side and moved it closer to the edge of the deck facing the woods, and she still wouldn't go. So I took the bowl and nest to the edge of the woods where the rest of the family was. They continued to call her, and as her legs got a little stronger, she stood up and hopped to the ground. Her mom came and got her and off they flew. I watched mom give her some food, so she is still being taken care of.
I am so glad that I picked that little one up off the ground and fed her and gave her a chance to make it in the world. How lucky that I just happened to have an extra nest hanging around here! It has been such a joy to have them around and watch them, first with the nest building and then sitting with the eggs and finally feeding them and then helping them fly off. Such a metaphor for life, really. Just because you aren't the strongest or the pushiest, doesn't mean you don't deserve a chance at life. You might just need a little more help to get started!
So, now I have one empty nest and in less than a month my own sweet child will be leaving again for school..... and that will be the emptiest nest of all!