Commotion in a Smoke Tree

Posted by Sharkey

Yesterday, Francesca and I were sitting on a stonewall when I noticed some commotion in a nearby smoke tree.  Francesca seemed to know just what it was and gave me quite a lesson on the subject.

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Francesca!  I noticed some strange movement coming from that smoke tree.  What do you think is going on?

1 Francesca! I noticed some strange movement coming from that smoke tree. What do you think is going on?

Sharkey, you didn't look very closely, did you?

2 Sharkey, you didn't look very closely, did you?

If you had, you would have seen a mother bird feeding her hatchlings.  Isn't it a wonderful sight?

3 If you had, you would have seen a mother bird feeding her hatchlings. Isn't it a wonderful sight?

Francesca, what kind of birds are they?

4 Francesca, what kind of birds are they?

They are called the American Robin and for our French following, Merle d’ Amerique.

5 They are called the American Robin and for our French following, Merle d’ Amerique.

I'd like to get closer and sneak a peek!

6 I'd like to get closer and sneak a peek!

Sharkey, do you see how neatly the nest is made?  Robins weave together dried leaves, moss, twigs, and roots.  And the inner lining is composed of grass, hair, wool, and mud.

7 Sharkey, do you see how neatly the nest is made? Robins weave together dried leaves, moss, twigs, and roots. And the inner lining is composed of grass, hair, wool, and mud.

You see that there are three babies, and they look hungry!  I'm told that earthworms are a favorite food of American robins, but they also like caterpillars, beetles, and grasshoppers.

8 You see that there are three babies, and they look hungry! I'm told that earthworms are a favorite food of American robins, but they also like caterpillars, beetles, and grasshoppers.

Little one, I'm not your mother and I don't have any food for you!

9 Little one, I'm not your mother and I don't have any food for you!

Cheep, cheep, cheep... Is that white beast gone yet?

10 Cheep, cheep, cheep... Is that white beast gone yet?

We baby robins need to eat and the white beast was keeping our mother away!  Mama, come back!  We're hungry!

11 We baby robins need to eat and the white beast was keeping our mother away! Mama, come back! We're hungry!

Comments (11)

  • Good Morning Girls

    Better watch out getting so close to the nest that mama bird will come down and peck you right on the head. One of my favorite things to do is sit with mom on the rocker out back and watch the birds fly in and out of the bird houses and nests feeding their babies. It's amazing how much those little suckers eat!

    Mom was so happy yesterday that you helped her get in contact with Lynn, Basil's mom. We all need to pray really hard for him so he gets better and pray for his mom who is really worried about her little guy.

    Kirby glad to hear the lampshade is gone not only are they uncomfortable but you look a bit silly wearing the darn thing. Precious and Sophie both had to wear one after their knee surgery. Precious will have the results of her urine sample back this morning I hope it's nothing serious.

    So the 4th of July celebrations start this weekend - look out T-Bone. He freaks out when he hears fireworks. He is such a wuss, he cries and jumps on my mom's lap - go figure a 120 big guy thinking he is a lap dog. They don't bother me, nothing bothers me except the dreaded GROOMER!!

    Zoe

  • I never knew baby robins could look so cute but the baby in the last picture looks like it is smiling. I also like the little feather tufts on top of the head. Great great pictures. Thank you girls.
    Now for our blogger friends, Basil, every time your mom posts that you are not doing well, my mom starts to cry. We both feel so attached to all of you and it makes us very sad when one of you are not feeling well. You were doing so well Basil. Please, please please God, make Basil all better. We have all become like a family here and when one of us hurts, we all hurt God so give him the strength to get well and give his Mamma Lynn and everyone else that loves him the support they need to care for him to get him all good again. And God, make Basil your top priority but take care of Precious and Kirby too.
    Your friend,
    Maddox

  • Hey Frenchies,
    What cute baby birds. Our Mama robin made her nest way up on our basketball hoop (which nobody uses anymore). I have little tweeters, too! I had no idea they were so cute.
    Kirby, good to know the lampshade is gone too. I'm really glad your hotspots have cooled off!
    Thinking of you, Basil everyday buddy... Precious, will be waiting to hear about your test.
    Your blogger friend
    Rebel

  • There's something very charming and sweet about the two of you sitting on the stone wall discussing the baby birds and their nest yet all I can think about is a scene out of the movie "Airplane!" :lol:

    Sweet Basil and Lynn my thoughts and prayers continue to be with you and you making a speedy recovery. Kirby Bear, I'm glad the lampshade is off your head. The clown convention might mistake you for one of them and BAM! away you go in one of those clown cars. :lol:

  • Hi Girl Friends &G.K., OH, how precious those baby Robins are! That must have been fun to peek in on them in their beautiful nest and you were both very calm about the whole thing! How cute that one of the babies let you two know that their Mamma was waiting for you to leave so she could feed her babies! You girls sure are aware of everything around you, as is handsome G.K.!!! Today, I am not only asking God to protect all of you, but to pay extreme attention to our Sweet Basil who needs lots of help as does his Mom Lynn. Thank you Dear God! Bless all of you and hope you have a wonderful, healthy day! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Hello Ladies & all my blogger buddies,
    Yes it is the real deal, Basil here. Yesterday was just horrible. I had lots of that yucko regurgitation with blood. I couldn't lay down for whatever is going inside my esophagus, but finally some caulk medicine took and I could lay and rest. I even jumped in the dinner chair when Mom got up (something I haven't felt like doing for a month). The emergency docs were ready and in place to do the endoscopy this morning and when I heard that, I really snapped to, as I want my regular doctor on Friday, Dr. Westfall. So it is set, the endoscopy for Friday and by Friday night we should know the exact problem and treatment. I could just feel the good vibrations and prayers coming my way yesterday from you guys. You are like my family. I have become so close to you all. And I know Mom has just been a mess with lots of crying and so forth, but you guys and God straightened things out yesterday. I am hanging on until the endoscopy on Friday and will let you know, even though it is the weekend. Rebel, I am so glad you are home, and Kirby without a lampshade--way to go Dude!!!And Sonya, Dudley and Maddox, you rock--your talks to God and love to us are what is keeping us going right now. Zoe, wow oh wow, Frenchie kisses--I haven't had any of those since Mom and my brothers and sisters. F & S, thanks for getting those to me.
    Now for this bird watching---Mom and I sit on the patio lots and Dad has built a condo from pipe for the birds, and they are so fun to watch. But keep a good distance. They scare and Mom and Dad peck. Today I am signing off with extra love and licks to all of you for being great friends and keeping Mom and I going right now.
    Basil

  • Great to hear from you buddy!
    Mimi & I always check in a couple of times a day to see who else said what.......and to see your post was GREAT!
    Hi to Dudley Do Right..........
    Later
    Rebel

  • That was Pawsome info Franny and Sharkey! I also loved the cute pics too!

    woos, Tessa

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    Well today started late; Mommy and Daddy slept in again this morning and didn’t wake up until 9 AM. I guess the problem with the neighbor is taking causing Mommy stress. She has problems sleeping and her blood pressure is really high. I’m doing much better myself. God has helped cure me; now he can work on Basil and cure him too. Enough of this; back to the “clown” thing. I do a lot of things which keeps Mommy and Daddy laughing at me. I know it’s going to be funny before I start. It’s all part of my “job” as a family member. Hope all are felling better; I’ll keep my paws together. That’ll give me something to do besides dig at my body.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • First allow me to comment on BASIL...I'm sorry to see that you are having a difficult time and I certainly will continue to pray for your recovery..as I will for your mommie, so that she may endure this time with a calm heart. We who love our pets as family members have a great deal of pain when they are ill, it hurts so bad as they can not tell us what is going on...Believe in prayer and know God cares about our love for our animals.

    F & S, I had Robins nesting in our front bush and another under our deck on the beams. The Tornado warning storm that came through with 70 MPH wind brought down the front nest, sadly I found all the babies dead in various places, it broke my heart...the others from the deck flew the coop last week undetected by Kitty.

    May all of our Dear Friends here and their Beloved Pets be Blessed...

    Hugs,
    ~d

  • Basil, is it really you little buddy? I am getting ready to go to bed but like Dudley, I check back to see what posts I missed and to check on my little friends that are under the weather. I am so happy that you are a little better. I hope Mamma Lynn posts on Friday evening because we won't be able to hear about you for a few days due to the weekend and the holiday. And speaking of Mamma Lynn, you tell her that she should try to relax and don't get stressed cause you need her and she needs you and we don't want her getting sick too. And tell Dr. Westfall that he better take real good care of you cause we all love you and want you to get better.
    Sweet dreams my friend.
    Maddox

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