Friday, April 26, 2013

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The babies today

I had a stressful Saturday with the birds. I hadn't seen the mother in more than a day. I thought they had to eat every 15 minutes. As the day wore on I was getting really worried. Every time I looked they had their little beaks wide open. I thought surely they were starving. I tried to call everyone I knew who knew about birds and no one was home.

I looked all over the internet trying to get information. I called a wild bird rescue place in Oceanside. He told me to look at their crops (which is under their beak on their chest) and see if it was full. It didn't look like it was. He said maybe I could get a neighborhood kid to take care of them. You call that advice???? I called a wild bird and animal rescue place in Carlsbad hoping I could get someone who knew how to feed them. It was only a recording but gave the address to take them to.

After waiting a little longer hoping the mother would come back, I lifted up the basket (they're in a plant in a basket) put them in the car and started off for Carlsbad.

 I was very low on gas, the babies looked frantic and there was loads of traffic. When I got to the address there was lots of construction and very hard to see where the place was.  I drove around and around through lots of industrial sites and office buildings and finally found it. It was at the new animal shelter.

The young guy working there said they looked just fine and had been well taken care of. He said the mother must have been sneaking in when I wasn't looking.  I had seen two birds nearby that I thought might be the father. One with a red head and one with yellow. Two fathers? She's a bigamist? I was told the fathers also feed the babies. And sometimes even the friends of the family. So he told me to take them back home.

So after this 3 hour round trip I was back home and sure that the mother must be frantic...and the two fathers, also.

It's been 4 days now and they are doing just fine. They're being fed but I never see who's doing it. Sometimes I see a red head or a yellow head leaving the nest and even sometimes a brown blur that's probably the mother. I used to see the mother in the nest with them. Now I never do.

I got a lot of helpful information from my bird-expert friend, Margaret. I felt much better after that. I'm still not sure what they are but she thinks they're wrens.  I have two more "birdy" friends to check in with - Nancy and Beth. More to come, if anyone is still interested.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Baby birds and Zentangle birds

 Baby birds today, Wed. Apr. 17.
Starting to take shape.

The bird's mother (sort of ).

Monday, April 15, 2013

Bird nest update

They've hatched!
 The first three. There's another egg under the three chicks.

 They're not very pretty. But they seem to be in good shape.

Sound asleep. I think this is all 5 of them.
The mother is very attentive. She's probably out looking for food right now,
although that seems to be the father's job. He's been doing a good job so far.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Zendala # 51

Zendala # 51 (Template from The Bright Owl)
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Diva Challenge #113

 Diva Challenge # 113 - "Hip to be square"

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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Sepia Saturday-Castles from my past

I'm sure if any of you look far enough into your genealogy you'll find a castle or two. I remember seeing some in my family tree. The more I look, the more I find. Here's a few.

 Castle Roche, County Louth, Ireland.
My ancestor, Alice de la Roche was born here in 1287.

Gilling Castle, Gilling East, North Yorkshire, England.
Another ancestor, Richard Fairfax was born here in 1390
Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire. My ancestor, Jane Bigod, wife of Richard Fitzeutace was born here in 1105.

 Tintagle Castle, Cornwall. My ancestor, Amicia Archdeacon was born here in 1380.
In legend, King Arthur was conceived here and so, apparently was Amicia.

Eardisley Castle, Herefordshire. Nothing much left. This is an archaeological dig at the site of the former kitchen. Two of my ancestors came from here- William Baskerville and the de Lacy family.
The site (and the de Lacys) are mentioned in the Doomsday book in 1087 as a part of the inventory of William the Conqueror's new kingdom. It also has a connection to The Hounds Of The Baskervilles", although the story doesn't take place here.

But wait, there's more:

Carew Castle, Pembrokeshire, Wales built by my ancestor, Geraldus Fitzwalter de Windsor. in about 1100

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Zendala # 51 and Spring has sprung at my house

Zendala # 51. (Thanks to for the template)

 Chloe and the wisteria

 Would you think a bird would choose this plant as a home for a nest? It's on a baker's rack on my front porch.

Here's a birdseye view of it nestled among the spiky leaves. Looking very comfy, though.

 The first two beautiful eggs.

 The next day.

And the next.

And even another... Getting pretty crowded!

If you look real hard you can just see the mother bird sitting on her eggs. I had to sneak up very quietly, while inside of the house, and shoot this through the window.  I hate to disturb her, but every time I open the door, or just make a sound near the door she flies away. I sure hope they all hatch.


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