A New Nest

11 Mar

We have a potted ficus on our porch where a hummingbird has built a nest and filled it with eggs for the past two springtimes. This is a brave, brave mama bird.  The ficus is right by our front door and our house is a busy, noisy house.  Loud kids, loud friends, loud dogs, loud slamming of the door, yet this mama is remarkably tolerant.  I have no idea why she chose this location because I am certain our neighbors (one without kids, one with only one baby and a few who are retired) are much calmer and quieter than my raucous household.  But for some magical reason, she feels safe enough with our crazy family to raise her babies here.

This year she threw us for a loop and we found her dismantling her nest.  We were concerned as the nest we have lived with for two years was torn to shreds.  Was this a statement about our home?  Were we inhospitable?  Was our porch for some reason uninhabitable or an inappropriate place to raise babies?

Then, Sirskatealot and I started noticing a hummingbird buzz by at the end of the walkway.  After  a week or so, I spied the little gem of a nest in a schefflera plant in our jungle.  This perfect little baby home was reconstructed from the original on the porch but with fun new elements, like a shred of toilet paper hidden amongst our plants from years of being tp’d by girls because of Princelightningbolt’s charms.  There are two perfect, jelly belly sized eggs inside.   This mama hummingbird is the hardest working mama in the world. We are thrilled for our spring surprise.  Watching the mama keeping her eggs warm, watching the slow hatching process and the growth of sweet little birdies is a thrill.  Last year we even snapped some pictures as one left the nest.

Spring means new and great things. I am running (ahem, “lightly jogging”) a few days each week.  This peg leg is feeling ready to move on.  I walked on the beach with an old friend today for over an hour without much pain.   I have a new work out partner at the gym.  Track season for Princelightningbolt has begun.  We have had some rain…and a couple beach days.  Princessenpointe is counting the days until summer.  The time change happened last night.  We are ready for newness, growth, a renewed sense of who we are and what we want to do while we are here.

I’ll keep you posted on our baby birds.  We have one tom cat left in our hood (last man standing against the coyotes).  He’s a formidable opponent, but with the freshness in the air and a mama’s determination, I think I will have pics of new baby birds for you soon.  In the meantime, I hope you have a spring in your step.

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6 Responses to “A New Nest”

  1. Dawn Deshefy March 11, 2013 at 4:55 am #

    So you have deserted me for a new partner at the gym?

    Go figure. I saw more of you when you were a peg leg!

    Miss ya,

    Dawn

    PS. Matt wants to play chess with you (his request, not me trying to figure out a way to see you, really!)

    • bossybostwick March 11, 2013 at 7:33 pm #

      I will never desert you, silly friend. About 10 days til I can really run.

  2. NTP March 11, 2013 at 5:40 am #

    You’ve been replaced:) Just kidding Dawn. I love, love, love hummingbirds and feel so guilty when they come calling and I have no nectar for them. I have not been honored with their nests on my property as far as I can tell but my mom has. How lucky for you and the family that you have been honored by her presence. Very cool. Post pictures, and if you need a recipe to mark the occasion, I have a great one for a Southern classic known as the Hummingbird cake.

    • bossybostwick March 11, 2013 at 7:34 pm #

      I can count on you for a recipe to mark every occasion even non-occasions. Do you have a recipe for drain worm cake? How about a peg leg cake? Or for tomorrow’s release a David Bowie recipe???

      • NTP March 12, 2013 at 3:14 am #

        No problem, seriously got it covered. Does that mean I get my bootleg and you get your Dahlia Bakery cookbook? Oh bless my soul!!!

  3. bossybostwick March 12, 2013 at 4:45 am #

    Yes, ma’am.

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