Baby birds in their nest.
Saturday, May 01, 2021
Deuteronomy 22:6 If a bird's nest chance to be before thee in the way in any tree, or on the ground, whether they be young ones, or eggs, and the dam sitting upon the young, or upon the eggs, thou shalt not take the dam with the young:
Our son is visiting us this weekend. My husband has been trying to trim some of our trees and clear brush. Today the two of them took down two bushes that were growing together side by side. Our son came into the house and called me to look at something in the garage. It was a bird's nest with four young babies in it. They were snuggled next to each other and one popped its head up and opened its mouth to be fed.
One of the bushes that they cut down was very thorny and both bushes were taller than the privacy fence on the sides of our yard. My son asked me what he should do about the baby birds. As God would have it, I watched a YouTube video this week of Chris and Hollie. There was a bird in their shed where Chris did woodworking. She had made a nest on a shelf in the shed. They turned a cardboard box on its side and put the box elsewhere in the shed and put the nest on it. The bird found her nest and seemed calmer at the new location inside the shed.
I told our son to put the nest in a different tree, but the bird kept going along the top of the privacy fence and to the ground by the bushes. It flew to the tree where he had relocated the nest, but the bird didn't see its nest. My son came inside and got a step ladder. He moved the nest to a different tree. The bird kept watching him while he cut limbs off the bushes and stacked them. It flew onto the tree where he had put the nest, but its attention was focused on what he was doing to the bushes.
Finally, it landed on the tree where he had put the nest and I watched it from the kitchen window. It lit above the nest on a small limb, but since the babies weren't moving or making any noise, it didn't notice them. Eventually, it did recognize the nest but was very cautious about getting close to it. It would light on small limbs above the nest where it could see the babies. Eventually, it did stand on the side of the nest and I'm hoping the nest isn't in a place where the babies will get too hot or predator birds will find the nest kill the babies. Last year, I found numerous baby robins that were dead. Our dog, Bayou, hunted a couple of them and killed them.
Our son stood on the very top of the step ladder to reach a big branch and I felt pride at his tenderheartedness towards the birds. He found another nest in the bushes, but it was empty.