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Hold the Mail

Monday, May 06, 2013

I posted a couple of days ago about a recent discovery on my morning walk. I know that Vic and Linda have returned to Vermont for the summer, but I saw their mailbox hanging open that morning, with an array of twigs sticking out of it. On closer inspection, this is what I found:

The back of the box is open as well. If Gilda or my former officemate, Sharon, had seen this, they'd be in a caregiving frenzy just short of sitting on the eggs personally to hatch them. Sharon once spent an entire morning trying to rescue a nest-fallen baby bird whose mother was flying about in a tizzy. There were cats in the area, too. I'm a bit more "let nature take its course" in these matters, but I did write to a fabulous local wildlife center. Now I'm totally in awe of them! Not only do they rescue bald eagles, but they answer their email within SECONDS:

"Thank you for your email in regards to the eggs in the mailbox. Birds sometime do nest in the most inappropriate places! Since the homeowners are away for the summer, it would be ideal if they could be just left alone. If that is not possible due to the need for postal delivery, we could advise you to move the nest to a nearby tree or bush if one is available. As long as it is placed somewhere close to it's original spot, the mother should come and continue to sit on them. Sometimes you may need to "create" a container of some sort to hold the nest or assist in attaching it to the tree or bush. Any sort of small container or box can be used as long as there is sufficient drainage in case of rain. If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to email us back or call us here at the center. Thank you so much for your attention to nature!"

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JANEDOE12345 5/26/2013 11:24AM

    Vic and Linda have all their eggs in a basket , no all their mail in a nest, no all their eggs in a mailbox...does email mean egg-mail now?

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    So palmetto bugs, super slugs, Dotsons now blue eggs. Dr. Suess would have a field, forest, swamp day in FL!

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HIPPICHICK1 5/8/2013 9:43PM

    They are gorgeous! Do you know what type of bird laid them?

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_UMAMI_ 5/8/2013 8:44PM

    My in-laws live near an alligator refuge, and I wonder if the authorities there are as helpful about offspring.

I'm like you: I don't usually mess with nature (rats on my front gate, bees swarming on back of house, squirrels in my house (and face), unless I MUST.

Good luck! Love all your anecdotes. :-)

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TINKERBELL200 5/8/2013 7:19PM

    Look at those beautiful blue eggs! I don't think I would attempt to move them since they aren't getting any mail. Thanks for sharing! You always find the awesome stuff to post and your life is always an adventure! How cool is that!

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SCOOTER4263 5/7/2013 7:04PM

    Nice job, calling the wildlife folks. (And kudos to them for their prompt advice.) It's pretty cute. Birds destroy my hanging baskets every year by building nests in them, and every year I allow it to go on. Too softhearted to discourage them, I guess. :)

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GEORGE815 5/7/2013 6:16PM

    Haven't seen bird eggs in such a long time. Thanks for sharing.

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    How wonderful!

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_LINDA 5/6/2013 10:59PM

    Wow! That is amazing!! You are lucky! You will get to enjoy watching them hatch!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 5/6/2013 8:05PM

    You find the most amazing things. One summer my parents could only access their house through the garage. A bird made its next on top of the lamp next to the front door and Dad didn't want to disturb mama. He put a big sign on the door directing people to the back door.

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68ANNE 5/6/2013 6:39PM

    What great people!

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CHOCOHIPPO 5/6/2013 5:13PM

    How beautiful is nature! Hope the babies have a speedy delivery and don't try to hatch on a Saturday (sorry, bad postal humor).

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BETHGILLIGAN 5/6/2013 4:55PM

    Amazing that they responded so quickly!! Did neighbors stop mail??? It seems a temporary box for mail would be easier than moving the next. I'd be out there everyday worrying about those eggs!!! Hopefully, all will be well. Hope no cats climb that mailbox pole!!!

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JOYINKY 5/6/2013 3:57PM

    Great and timely response! I must warn you; nest watching can become addictive! emoticon

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    Enjoyed your blog. Thanks for sharing.

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NEW-CAZ 5/6/2013 1:43PM

    wonderful, what a surprise!
Have a great week emoticon

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JUSFOLK 5/6/2013 12:08PM

    Cool! My hubby has a cloth bag on his bike for picking up "treasures" he finds on his excursions. after not riding for a few days, he discovered an intricately-woven next in the bag. Thankfully, there were no eggs.

I'll keep this info in mind in case this happens again!

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MEADSBAY 5/6/2013 11:36AM

    That is great.
I bet they stopped their mail for the summer.

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JACKIE542 5/6/2013 11:09AM

    emoticon Hope the nest is safe, glad they answered so quickly.

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GABY1948 5/6/2013 11:02AM

    What a wonderful organization! I am one of the fretters over wildlife. I cannot stand to see something helpless and in frenzy. You are a GOOD person Suzi! Keep us posted as to what happens. Glad you are so observant on your walks! emoticon
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    Very nice nest. Your method is the best and it sounds like the wildlife center gave you some excellent advice. Birds that lay blue eggs are usually tree dwellers. You will have to watch and see what kind of bird goes to the nest. They look like robins eggs since there aren't any spots but some other birds have blue eggs as well including bluebirds, starlings, etc. Robins nests look like that too as they build pretty nice nests compared to many birds. If the birds completely abandon the best the eggs are not usually viable.

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LILPAT3 5/6/2013 10:02AM

    How about neighbors putting up a te emoticon mporary mail box for incoming mail until the eggs hatch?

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GINIEMIE 5/6/2013 10:02AM

    wow, amazing at the rapid response and the content. I thought we shouldn't bother it, but I was concerned about the eggs getting cooked in Fla.
Glad you followed up on it.
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1HAPPYSPIRIT 5/6/2013 10:00AM

    So cool!!! Thanks for sharing!

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 5/6/2013 9:58AM

    Wow, what a surprise !!! I love it.


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