5.23.2016

The Robin Chronicles, Part V: A BERRY Good Start

So, the birdies are eating - strike that - HALF eating the fresh, delicious, sweet, ripe, perfect, homegrown strawberries from our modest little strawberry patch. It is driving me up a wall! I'll waltz over to our patch when my eyes spy an almost-perfect strawberry.

"Look, Little Mouse," I'll exclaim enthusiastically. "This berry is almost ready to be..." And that's when I see it: the anterior portion of the strawberry is that perfect gradient of red-to-white, promising a sweet treat in a matter of days, but the posterior has been pecked to death and is missing completely.

"Never mind," I'll sigh disappointedly as I pinch off the berry and toss it toward the evergreen which houses our Robin friends' nest. I was on the fence about which adorable little critter was to blame until I caught Papa Robin red-throated...er...handed on the way home from the park the other day with the boys. If you're going to eat my berries at least have the decency to eat a WHOLE one, not nibbles of every single berry on the plant! Sheesh.

So we have a rather scant first harvest of five berries. We'll be heading to the garden and hardware stores tonight for a bird bath (in case they're eating the berries because they're thirsty), some wood, and bird netting because I'll be darned if all of my hard work this season goes to waste! Which brings me to the nestling update: 

Looks like Mama and Papa bird have a full nest on their hands still, but one baby Robin is a head above the rest. The one on the far side of the nest seemed pretty unbothered by my camera's shutter clicks. The sibling beside Hungry Bird half-heartedly opened his beak in reaction to the "click-click-clicking." Hungry Bird was...well, hungry. I hope that's really the case and I'm not witnessing the process of natural selection before my eyes. 

Or maybe I should be happy, since this may mean fewer future Robins to dissuade chowing down on the Doremuses' Berry Buffet? I don't know how to feel. One thing is for sure, though: Berenbur the Scaregnome certainly isn't pulling his weight. What the heck, man?!
"Hey, that's just the cute name your kid gave me; you said yourself I blend in too much to be a scaregnome!"
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5.22.2016

The Robin Chronicles, Part IV: They're Already Cute

It's official: There are 3!

We had a windy day yesterday, so I was able to get a good picture of the nest. Mama and Papa bird have three little nestlings, although one of the baby birds doesn't seem to be as exuberant as the other two (you can see just a part of his little beak toward the bottom edge of the nest, between his siblings [insert sadface here]).
 
 
So, I think we'll probably have two fledglings and hopefully two juveniles. But...maybe just one. *sigh* Sometimes, I hate nature.
 


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5.19.2016

The Robin Chronicles, Part III: The Family is Growing!



Our robins are back again this spring! They've tucked themselves a bit farther into the gargantuan evergreen tree that looms over our old house, so they weren't quite as easy to spot as last year. 


As such, we've gotten a late start on our chronicling of this year's activities. And, while we're keeping an eye as best we can as to the goings-on of this year's robin-rearing, we're making sure first and foremost to avoid upsetting Mommy Bird.
 
Hopefully we'll get to see a less chicken-skin-esque baby bird very soon! 
They grow so fast, you know.

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5.17.2016

"Oh where, oh where have the Doormouses gone?"

..."Oh where, oh where could they be?"

I can hear you yelling across the vast expanse of the interwebs, "Have you dropped off the face of the earth? Why haven't you been blogging?!"

No, and two reasons:


Please ignore my ridiculous looking toes.

I've found that in all the hullabaloo of keeping up with two, it's SO much easier to do things on my smartphone (yes, I've succumbed). This means keeping in touch with LOTS of Instagram photos - sometimes captioned with brief snippets, sometimes posted with near-epics. I hope to start blogging more as we continue finding our new rhythm and begin the journey of home educating our boys, but if my promise of writing more on here is anything like the promises I make to myself at the beginning of each new journal entry ("Been a long time since I've written, but I'm turning a new leaf!" HA! Yeah, right.), it's not looking too good.

So, if you'd like to keep more up-to-date with the adventures happening over at The Doormouse House, head on over to Instagram and "follow" me there!

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