Wednesday, May 21, 2008

This is for the birds!

In our back yard here in Eden, we have a structure that we lovingly refer to as "the big ugly green thing". It started out life about twelve years ago as a two-story fort for our son. Tall and rustic, it blended into the piney woods that surround it. Over the years it has evolved into the "big ugly green thing". First, the bottom of the fort was closed in to house the lawn equipment. Then a larger edition was added on to the side to act as a "temporary shed" when we turned our garage into the new master bedroom and bathroom when my mother was going to be moving in with us seven years ago. As my son outgrew playing in the fort, the door and windows were eventually boarded up. The woodsy green that at one time blended into to the piney woods and matched the trim on the house has faded into a ...I can't even think of a word to describe the color(s). Thus the name "big ugly green thing".

Evidently, birds are color blind - or they have a passion for big ugly green things that in no way resemble a birdhouse or trees. For the past four years or so, every Spring Mr. and Mrs. House Wren have decided to take up residence there. The first year, we found an abandoned nest with 3 little pink speckled eggs in it. I'm certain that Sylvester, our neighbor's cat, had something to do with the fact that the nest was abandoned. For the next couple of years, we'd find empty nests hidden in boxes of nails, or plastic bins on the top shelf. We never knew when the nests were built or how many children they housed. This year, however, it's almost as though Mr. & Mrs. H.W. had some inkling that we'd be selling the house and moving on. Even though the shed has been cleaned out and there are only a few places that a nest could be hidden, they have once again graced us with there presence. My husband stumbled upon the nest one day when he was down there in the dark, scary "big ugly green thing" puting the lawnmower away. He looked at the new nest nestled among some plumbing fixures in an old milk crate and thought it was empty (like I said it's kind of dark and scary in there). He leaned in for a closer look, startled Mrs. H.W who in turn startled hubby. She flew off in one direction, he jumped back in the other direction and . . . well you get the picture. Once he forced his heart back into his chest, hubby peeked in the nest again and saw 4 little pink speckled eggs! A couple of weeks later, he peeked in again just in time to see a little brown head beginning to poke his head out of one of the shells. I've poked my head in several times and have had the joy of watching 4 little H.W.s in various stages of growth. It's been a treat and an honor to have been invited to watch such a miracle.



Now, I'm getting a little sad. It won't be long before the H.W. children will be ready to leave the nest. It won't be long before hubby and I will be moving on. I wonder how I can convey to the new owners that the structure in the back yard is really not a "big ugly green thing". It's a very LARGE birdhouse. And, if they are very, very patient next Spring Mr. and Mrs. H.W. may honor them by building a nest somewhere inside the "big green birdhouse" so that they can witness the wonders of nature first hand. Maybe they'll take the boards off of the windows and door so that their little girl can turn the fort into her very own castle. Maybe they'll see fit to paint it a different color. Or, maybe they'll decide to tear it down - in which case Mr. and Mrs. H.W. will have to find a new place to nest next Spring. Hmmmm. Maybe I should invite them to join us in Kentucky!

Blessings Y'all!

12 comments:

VINTAGE GIRL AT HEART said...

Oh I hope the "nest" owners will be as gracious at hosting the Wren Family as you have been!!!It is so nice to be able to appreciate the simple things stiil left in life!!! And you never know, the wrens may fly a little North for the summer!!!

Rambles by Hay Hay said...

Aww, how great to be able to see the new little hatchlings! I am sure The Wrens will miss you as much as we will!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Ohhhh how sweet. You would think that living in the middle of the forest, I would have nests all over, but I think the birds choose the trees. We see the babies, at our feeder, but never the nests...

I know those little wrens are going to miss you....
Hugs,
Penny

StitchinByTheLake said...

What fun it is to watch God's little feathered creatures! It was always my mother's favorite thing to do and now, when a bird sits on my window screen looking in at me, I think...how Mom would love that. :) I hope the new owners will love them too.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Nesting can sometimes be a risky and uncertain business. Both for birds and for people. But our Father watches us all!

Nest safely in his abiding care this day and in the days to come.

peace~elaine

Utah Grammie said...

To be a part of God's miracle is a great gift! You are as welcoming to the HW's as you are to us. Thank you for sharing that bittersweet story. I know in my heart of hearts that both the HW's and you & hubby will find a great new place to "nest"!

Faith's Vintage Vanity said...

You are a wonderful story teller. I enjoyed every bit of it. it's wonderful to really witness nature at it's best. Thanks for visitng me and entering my drawing, Good Luck.

Faith

Grace said...

Perhaps Mr. and Mrs. Louie can play a Floridian Holiday soon. I'll check their schedule.

:)

Grace said...

OOPS! That was 'plan' a Floridian holiday....they are not musicians.

Sharon said...

What a wonderful post.I just love birds.All kinds but especially the smaller ones like sparrows,finches and house wrens.Blessings~Sharon

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Hi!
just wanted to let you know that antique store I featured is in Hendersonville, NC....
Hugs,
Penny

sister sheri said...

'I wonder how I can convey to the new owners that the structure in the back yard is really not a "big ugly green thing"'... priceless! It's become a part of who you are!