Monday, April 20, 2009

Hummingbirds

There's a hummingbird nest in a tree in our front yard. My husband found it when he was trimming the tree and a branch he had cut down had a tiny nest attached to it. The birds were inside laying on their backs waiting for their mom to stuff their beaks with regurgitated nourishment. When the trimming was done, my husband secured the cut branch onto another branch in the tree and we waited to see if the mother would find her babies again. She did! Now, you can see my husband daily watching the nest through his binoculars making sure those baby birds are okay. Well, they are. They are now upright in the nest always looking and waiting for Mom to bring them food.

I've been watching the mother hummingbird. Suddenly, she's in sight, hovering around the tree. She darts around as if she doesn't know where the nest is. Then, she's hovering over her babies, opening her beak into theirs, doing her job. When she's done, she flies to another branch further away and rests. You don't often see a hummingbird resting. They are so tiny and slender. I marvel that the nest is only big enough for the two babies who are squeezed in tight. Once the babies fly away, the mother's job is done. Will she still see her babies? Will they come back to visit?

The mother hummingbird has been focused, building that nest, protecting those eggs, feeding those babies, and then what? Does the mother enjoy her new-found free time? Does she wonder...what next?

As a mom, you just do your job and then one day wonder...where did all that time go? I've been raising my family, which is exactly what I wanted to do with my time. But what about what I wanted to be when I grew up?

Continued tomorrow...

4 comments:

Holly said...

Awww, that's so nice of you guys to save the hummingbirds. I found a dead hummingbird baby outside of my work in Hollywood...super sad. =( then we found a dead hummingbird adult! thankfully though I was there to teach one of my co-workers how to taxidermy the little guy and use him in one of his art projects....go me....haha

Volker said...

The difference is that the Bird Momma gets to rest after doing the feeding... doesn't she know she's supposed to also work "outside the nest", maintain friendships with other birds, have hobbies and keep up appearances by shopping at Better Nests and Trees? hee! hee!

Happy Knitter said...

Holly, you are amazing. You're the only person I know who can taxidermy. Or probably wants to taxidermy. You are awesome!

Happy Knitter said...

You are so right about working outside the nest. Life can be complicated.