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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.
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    Our son doesn't visit us often. My husband wanted to get rid of the bushes, especially the thorny one. He uses a riding lawn mower and a push mower under trees with low limbs. We have some really tall trees on this property that have dead branches hanging onto live branches. We get strong winds here at times in Kentucky, but the dead limbs keep hanging on.

    The robins last year made a nest in one of my bedroom windows and in low limbs of trees. The dog got the fledglings when they jumped out of the nests trying to fly. I felt so bad for the mother bird searching for her babies when our son moved the nest.
    81 days ago
    Awwww, hope those little ones survive.
    83 days ago
    That is a heartwarming account of compassionate & caring people helping God's creation flourish! God bless your son for his act of kindness & you for your suggestion as to what he should do.

    Thank you for taking the time to share it with us!

    Maybe the best time of year to cut back bushes &/or trees is during the late Fall?

    My beloved MrV & two neighborhood friends spend part of last weekend cutting back bare branched trees along the back of our property line. They usually do it right after the leaves fall in the late Autumn. The trees bush back more fully when cut back each year. Thankfully at this time of year, it was still easy to see (before starting) that no birds had chosen those trees to build nests in.

    Over the twenty years we have been blessed to call this dwelling home, birds have made nests in the eves of the roof covering of our huge upper deck & in fir & Aspen trees; however, never in the branches of the trees along that back property line. I assume that is due to their lack of green foliage during early Springtime, when birds normally are searching the best places to build nests.

    God bless! Ima
    83 days ago
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