Aren't they sweet? There are 4 little birdies in this nest, even though it looks like one bird and a pile of fluff. Every year I hang ferns from hooks on our front porch. And every year I see the beginnings of a nest forming in them. I just take the ferns down for a few days and place them on ground level, hoping the birds will build a nest in someone else's hanging basket! I was late this year, though, and when I went to water my ferns a few weeks ago there were 4 teeny blue eggs already in a nest. Of course, I wasn't about to disturb the precious eggs, and we've been keeping them safe ever since. (But, I gotta tell ya, it's killing me to NOT water this poor fern and see the ugly brown leaves hanging from my porch!)
We had a terrible, windy storm a week or so ago, and I knew the fern would get blown right off the hook, probably cracking all of the eggs. So, I crawled out of bed and went outside to put the plant (with nest inside) someplace safe. I hung it back up in the morning, and thankfully Mama Bird wasn't upset. She's been in there feeding the 4 little mouths and keeping them from harm's way.
Mario thinks they're his own personal pets, and asks to see them about 62 times a day. I can't get over how quickly they've grown. One of these days I'll open the front door to check on them, and they will have all flown away, leaving their little nest behind. I'll miss the little loves when they're gone.
For now, I'll keep an eye on these sweet birdies and hope they all survive.....and when they fly away, I'm heading straight to the nursery to get another fern!