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Monday, June 25, 2007

Birds! Birds! Birds!

Got some exciting bird news,and Skeeter can add her news to this because she sent me some great pictures too, one of which is included here. Her's is the one of the baby wrens just coming out of their egg. The nest was on a ladder propped up on its side on the porch. She also sent some of the birds at 8 days old. I will post more in a few days when I get the chance.

The other picture is of the birds on my deck, the ones I've been keeping an eagle eye on because of the dogs. Well, today, they were all flapping their wings getting ready. I went out with my camera and took this photo. Then I went to the other side and took another, and when the flash went off, one of the babies flew across the back yard and into a big tree! I watched as mama or daddy went up to feed him there, then grabbed the binoculars and found him. He was there most of the day.

The other two are the type of kids that want to stick around the nest longer, and are still there, though one is acting like Scooter and pecking sometimes at the other. The both are standing at the edge, and I've see mama close by trying to coax them out I think, though she'll come and feed them. (I just talked to The Boss and they are doing fine). It won't be long now until they fly off too! The parents still have all three close at hand.

Cross your fingers that they all make it out of the yard area!

posted by Sandy at 6/25/2007 07:28:00 PM


Blogger Stacey said...

What great pictures, both of you! Sandy, it looks like you were right there with the baby bird. He's a homely little guy. I hope the others escape the clutches of the evil Scooter. :)

Tuesday, June 26, 2007 9:15:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Me too Sandy, on hoping the birds escape without bad boy Scooter getting them!
Oh people, I am ready to dance around the house because Fly Boy is back at work!!!!!!!!!!!!YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007 10:43:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

This morning, the two are still in the nest. Now I'm worried becuase I haven't seen mama or daddy feeding them or on the clothesline or fence rain where they usually sit! I hope the storms yesterday didn't endanger them! So now I'm looking out the windo every five seconds! The birds are hunkered down.

And for some reason my phone line isn't working. I'll be talking to someone and get cut off and the phone is dead...then I'll get a dial tone for a bit and then dead again! Why does it always have to be SOMETHING.

I have an even bigger horror story that I will post about as my main topic later this afternoon or early evening! Disgusting, and of course, it involves the Scooter. He is truly my Dennis the Menace.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007 11:10:00 AM  
Blogger B said...

Good Morning Everybody

I got about five minutes, so let's hit the high lites
1. Yes, 100% on the $7 lic fee--yes, it's fair to charge more for non fixxed pets-unless theres a medical condition or something that could be proven to be harmful to the pet.
2. Blogtown looks great!!--great topics --but where is everybody?
3. Marquaritas? Throw in some BEAM and I'm there!
4.Happy Back to work day to Flyboy and PAm both--you've earned it!!!!
5. SAndy-when it rains it pours --just throw that tiny umbrella away and just go ahead and get wet--we're all right in there with ya! We could hold our own version of "Singin in The Rain"!
6. Of all God's creatures, I believe the birds have the greatest capabilites to survive and be covert. Don't worry --they are doing their own thing-not even thinking of us humans with our feet planted to the ground. After all, they do have their own Movie, right?
7. My time is up for today! See ya later !!!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007 12:26:00 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Margaritas, Beam, Beast.... We'll have it all. Right, Shannon??? Hmmm....I notice after she said that she hasn't been back?? Maybe she realized that she just invited the CRAZY PET PEOPLE over to her house and is very afraid that we'll actually come!!!!!

B, I am like you, I've been really busy. It is year end here as well, plus the end of my inventory cycle. The last two weeks have been really crazy and long, but as of this morning, I'm DONE!!! Thank the Lord. So, now maybe I'll have a little more down time.

Skeeter was having company, so she said she would be out of touch for a few days. Pam is probably still floating too high to reach her keyboard (since Flyboy went back to work).

Glad you miss us!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007 12:35:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

The last two babies left the nest today, two days after the first! I didn't see where these two flew to as I did the first. One time I look out the window they are in the nest, the next they are gone. I will look for mama/daddy to see where they are flying to, as usually they'll still feed the babies after they fly the coop!

I am so happy they made it!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007 11:52:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Hi Again,
Thought I'd better get on here for the few more minutes I have time for.
During the storm last night our neighborhood lost electricty. Less than two hours later everyone but us had it back. We called to ask why and they said we must be on a different transformer for some unknown reason. I was just getting ready to make dinner when it hit so we had to order pizza. It would have been romantic with the candlelight and wine excpet the air conditioner wasn't working so was a bit on the warm side. At 12:00 midnight we gave up and went on to bed. A little after 2:00a.m. they came and told us they were working on it. We got a call a few minutes later asking if we had electric. It had just come back on. We did have electric but the downstairs air conditioning unit wasn't working. The guy came today and said lightening got to it so now we are waiting for a $350.00 part to come in to fix that. Oh well it could be worse.
And speaking of bad things, I'm sure you have all heard in the news about Coach Willard Ross getting killed. He was such a good good man and will be terribly missed by all who knew and loved him! He was the coach when my daughter was a cheerleader, shes friends with his son and daughter. We spent years at games and other funtions with thier family. Please add Rebecca ( his wife ) and the rest of his family to your prayers. It was just a horrible tragedy! I hope they find his killer soon and they get life in prison!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007 2:42:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

I'm back!!! I survived keeping up with the young adults in the house! We had a blast at the lake, Charleston and doing the tourist thing here and around Augusta. I am sure they will be back again for another of my Event Coordinated visits….

Wow, where do I start? I say here with my wren picture… The nest was actually on the boat late one summer. We do nest checks every other day or so but had stopped due to how late in the summer it was. Who knew a bird would nest in late July! We had started to the lake when we found the nest. We carefully removed the nest and sat it on a hanging ladder under the boat shelter. We took off to the lake and I spent most of the day worrying about mommy and daddy bird finding the nest. We cut our trip short due to my worries. To our excitement, mommy and daddy wren found the nest! A few days later, I checked on the nest and found a baby in the process of hatching. I quickly snapped a few pictures then left the area for their privacy. I was able to check in on the babies and snap pictures every 4 days. I have the neatest little documentation on the hatching of the birds. I had snapped a picture on day 12 after the hatchings and later that day, the nest was empty as they all fledged the nest! That was truly an exciting time for me…

Pam, when we were in Charleston, I could not resist calling home to poke at mom and dad that we were at one of their favorite places being Shem Creek having a “cold one”. That is when we heard the news of Mr. Ross’s death. One of our visitors is a basketball coach for a middle school there and was really upset hearing this news. It is so sad to think that one can loose their life in a parking lot at Wal-Mart. How sad… Also sorry to hear you lost electic but candle light and pizza sound darn romantic to me!

Dragon, you posted a great point of view about the people commenting on the Story Chats in another topic.(I am not going to touch on each topic as this would take me forever so I will respond here). I was posting on “Comments” as Skeeter when it first started. Back then you could remain anonymous and people took advantage of that and got all crazy and messed it up for those that are serious. I still read some topics of interest to me and do post at times under another name but now that more people are posting, my point of view is usually already touched upon therefore, I don’t feel the need to speak. Yeh, I have decided that one or two post as a hobby and one in particular always try’s to get people riled up with his nonsense. Gee….

I love the picture of Stacey’s babies playing snuggle bunny! I just adore pictures of loving animals. And a great posting about foods and animals. I was going to ask about the onions as I recall it being brought up by Pam at times but I kept forgetting to ask about that. Sheba is a beggar and loves to eat dam near anything! I am glad to now know about some of the dangers that people food can have to my babies. Sis in law use to give her doggies grapes as a treat then she found out later on that they were not good for them and she stopped. I will pass this info along to mom in law as she works with the humane society in her area of VA and maybe it can be of help to get the word out…

Sandy, glad the birds made it safely from the nest. With company in the house we did a lot of in and out but I kept up with the feeding of meal worms to the bluebirds when I could. I had not seen any activity at the house in a day or two so yesterday the Saint open the house to find it empty. So our second brood of Bluebirds has flown the nest. The two wrens on the front porch are feeding their broods like crazy so they too will fly off soon then I can water the plants again without fear of drowning the babies…

Well, the Saint just called and is on his way home from work early. We need to go to town for corn and bird seed and I have a headache (caffeine withdrawal), so time for me to shut up until later tonight when I can get back on here to chat more…

Friday, June 29, 2007 1:01:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Sandy, I read in a bird book that it is best to remove the old nest and force the birds to make a new one with each brood. A nest gets very dirty with pooping babies and also mites and other pesky bugs can get to the nest. The babies will be much healthier if they are born in a fresh clean new nest. We remove the Phoebe nest and they build a new one in the same place.

We also remove the old nest in the bluebird house. We scrap out all the old stuff and spray it down really well with a garden hose and clean water. Then leave the house door open to dry. Then close the door and in no time at all, they are building a new nest.

We don’t seem to have as many hummingbirds and butterflies this year. I wonder if the hard freeze over Easter has anything to do with that.???...

Saturday, June 30, 2007 11:54:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

My bird book says that some birds always use the same nest, but that they keep it clean by removing poop and stuff, so I'm leaving it.I can understand taking it out of a bird house, as that is enclosed, but I'd often see mama come back from the nest and drop something, so I know she was keeping up with the cleaning.

I used to be stationed in Charleston and often wonder how much it changed since I was there. I lived in N. Charleston near the AFB, but often went downtown, which is beautiful. Weather there too hot for me though, I prefer Tennessee, but would like a beach around!

Sunday, July 01, 2007 1:01:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

I just realized that if you "Click" on the pictures posted, that they become larger! So y'all must click on the pictures when there are more then one posted together so you can see the full picture better. I could not see Sandy’s Phoebe birds until I enlarged the picture and the baby wren hatching from the egg is better being enlarged also...

Yep Sandy, the Wrens and Bluebirds both clean the poop sacks out of the nest but they also leave some uneaten bugs, small lizards, etc that attract other stuff such as ants to the nest. Therefore, we always have them start with a clean home for the new babies. I look at it as clean sheets for house guests...

Monday, July 02, 2007 1:39:00 PM  

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Sandy Britt, an animal welfare advocate and volunteer with Clarksville rescue organizations, takes care of three dogs: Zoe, Scooter and Peanut; two cats: Catfish and Tarzan; and one husband, Glen, and according to him she takes care of them in that order.

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