Monday, June 15, 2009

Empty Nest Syndrome

Yes, it has happened. Actually it happened four days ago, but I was so sad I could not post until now.

Just kidding.

The baby bluebirds have left their bungalow. Baby birds always grow up and fly away. You can't stop them. One more generation has been fledged to hopefully come back and nest on our compound.


But on a lighter note, the pack of six is still dog piling in their box on the opposite end of the property. I expect within the next three or four days the baby tree swallows will be flying in loopy circles above the pastures. If you look really closely, you can see the reflection in the swallows eyes of me taking the picture. Cool!


And finally I can not believe that just a few months ago I was putting gladiola bulbs in the ground and that they are blooming now.

Is it June already??

I guess so.

How did that happen?

I think this deep red is my favorite. They almost look like roses in bud.

Don't blink.

You might miss something.

19 Comments for OSL:

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

Er, Julia, I enlarged that photo and I do NOT see you reflected in that little birdie eye...all I see is a birdie eye, staring...

Birds sure do get grown quickly! Wish raising kids was as quick and easy...

Jennifer said...

I've got to get a bird feeder for our backyard. For being in the middle of nowhere, we sure have a lot of different birds back there! And I want to start teaching the kid the names of all the different birds!

Concentrationally Challenged said...

Six? Is that tree swallow brood the progeny of "septamom?" If so...did one of the little ones pass on?

I've had a great time watching your little birdies grow up, Julia. Thanks so much for sharing these posts.

Concentrationally Challenged said...

P.S. Knew I forgot something...meant to (also) say "WOW! Those Gladioli (Gladioluses?) are just beautiful. Nice floweres, and NICE photo, Julia."

Sara said...

Great pictures! I do see your arm in the eye of the bird. Very cool!

the ungourmet said...

Good luck little birdies!

Your flowers are beautiful!

Pricilla said...

Awww, how wonderful! Birdies flying away and living their life. So sweet!

Grand Pooba said...

Oh, I hope the bluebirds are ok wherever they are. And I know you are really crying inside, it's hard when a child grows up and leaves you. But at least you still have the swallows.

There's always the swallows. That's what I always say. Or not.

So look at those gladiolas! (Is that what ya call them?) They're gawgeous!

Julia said...

ODP-Now cant you see that line and that big object in both of the chicks eyes?? Ok well it is a stretch that it's all me but a portion of my body reflected in those beady little eyes!!! Come now, use some imagination.

Jennifer-You will have a surprising variety in the valley and birds are moving up and down through out the seasons too! I suggest to get some black oil sunflower for the birds that will show up at your house!

CC-Thanks!! Yep we lost one back around 14 days or so. But six is still a great number and they are really doing well in their tiny apartment.

Sara-At least somebody sees what I see. ;) or your just towing the line for me.

The Ungourmet and Pricilla- Smiles to both of you!! :)

Pooba-ha ha.

Ratty said...

It's a shame that any animals have to leave. Couldn't they visit once in awhile? I love pictures where the eyes of an animal shine so clear that you can see yourself.

The Mind of a Mom said...

My baby doves in my front tree left also. It made me sad because I would go out every day and say good morning to them and now all I see is an empty nest and my neighbors think I am a nut because they can't see anyone in the tree that I have been talking to! LoL

The Old Gray Egg said...

When they aren't nesting, do you ever see the tree swallows go to roost at night? According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, "Outside of the breeding season the Tree Swallow congregates into enormous flocks and night roosts, sometimes numbering in the hundreds of thousands. They gather about an hour before sunset at a roost site, forming a dense cloud. They swirl around like a living tornado and as darkness approaches they then wheel low over the cattail marsh or grove of small trees. Large numbers drop down into the roost with each pass of the flock until the flock disappears." I once lived in Missouri in a neighborhood where the chimney swifts would do this when they came to roost at night in a school smokestack. The kids and I would go out many evenings just to watch. It was really something to behold. The nighthawks would be swooping around at the same time. It might be worth your time trying to find out where your tree swallows go at night once their nest is empty.

lemonologie said...

Lovely photos! I've enjoyed my reading.

karenscarvie said...

And to think that I had the privilege of seeing these particular fledglings up close. What a treat!

karenscarvie said...

Whoops! The baby birds I saw were the swallows. Yep, and they looked just like in the picture.

Yaya said...

Those flowers are gorgeous!

Life Ramblings said...

Thank you for sharing beautiful captures of life. :)

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Martha in PA said...

Gladiolas, that's what they are. I took a photo outside of our Motel 6 room on our road trip from FL to PA when we made the MOVE earlier this month, and I could not think of the name of the flower. The red is really stunning!

Suzi said...

The gladiolas are beautiful! Still waiting for mine to make an appearance.