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I'm a dichotomy of blue jeans, pretty jewelry, frugalista, and Southern girl living the simple rural life. I want to live my life holistically, thoughtfully, economically, and most of all gratefully, and encourage other women to do the same.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Baby Birds: Mysteries Solved

I told you earlier this week about the nest of four baby birds we have been taking care of. Their new home is in my son's tree fort.

We had a couple of mysteries surrounding the birds. What kind are they? What do they eat? How do we take care of them since their mother has not reappeared?

I'm happy to report all these questions have been answered. We found a nice lady who does wildlife rehabilitation on the side. And by "on the side" I mean every single day for 26 years. When she answered my call, she was picking up a possum who had been hit by a car. She came over within 10 minutes.

She confirmed we had been feeding them the right thing - worms and larvae. Yea!! Did you know you can tell by a bird's beak if they eat insects and worms or seed? Skinny, pointed beaks=insects. Flatter beaks=seeds.

These babies had been eating worms from my son's hand for four days. But suddenly on the day our wildlife rehabber showed up, they didn't want to eat anymore. She examined them and said they looked wonderful and was suspicious that mama bird had finally found them.

Later that day, I was spending time looking out the window toward the nest and mama and daddy bird came in and out. Feeding time! Woo-hoo! We are officially relieved of worm duty every 15 minutes.

They are thriving and after looking closer at the feathers coming in, they appear to be Carolina Wrens, our state bird. So we are feeling a little bit patriotic. Kinda like we did our part for the state!

This experience taught my son more about baby birds and bird habits than any zoology book we could have studied in science (me, too). This lesson we'll never forget.

Have a happy day!

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