Baby Birds Leave the Nest

Baby Birds Leave the Nest

We’ve had an abundance of birds nesting around the house at Rancho La Zaca this year, and I love it. Birds’ nests fascinate me.

We’ve had an abundance of birds nesting around the house at Rancho La Zaca this year, and birds’ nests fascinate me. Here’s one we found up in the side porch. It hasn’t hatched yet…

Bird nest at Rancho La Zaca
Bird nest at Rancho La Zaca

Maybe the birds feel safe owing to the sad loss earlier this year of the fabulous but elderly Savannah, our amazing if not inventively named Savannah cat . (R.I.P.) We do have some new feral cats around, but they are shy. Maybe the birds haven’t picked up on them yet. I’m not what you’d call a cat person but you gotta have cats on a ranch. It is a law of the universe.

Here’s another nest in one of the planters in the atrium. Eagle-eyed Susie Flores snapped this at what must have been near the moment of hatching.

Bird nest at Rancho La Zaca
Bird nest at Rancho La Zaca, photo by Susie Flores

Chef Stephanie Valentine took another when they were a little older. A regular Marlin Perkins she is.

If you don’t know who Marlin Perkins is, you are too young to be reading this.

Awww, wook.

Baby birds in the atrium at Rancho La Zaca, photo by Stephanie Valentine
Baby birds in the atrium at Rancho La Zaca, photo by Stephanie Valentine

Now these little babies have good news and bad news. The good news is they are protected from critters in our atrium–hawks and cats and mountain lions and such.

The bad news is they do not have a 100% understanding of the concept of glass and its relative hardness compared to, say, sky. But they figured it out eventually.

Up and out. Gone. Oh my, they leave the nest so soon.

Happy Mother’s Day.

Cherry blossoms, lilacs, and bird nest at RLZ
Cherry blossoms, lilacs, and (faux) bird nest at Rancho La Zaca.

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