Sunday, June 12, 2011

All Grown Up

After our little Chipping Sparrow eggs hatched on our front porch, they didn't live very long. My daughter, especially, was very disappointed. However, one week later another nest appeared on our porch with three little sparrow eggs nestled inside.


Only one egg hatched and here is that tiny baby almost all grown up.


He has been out of the nest hopping, and attempting to fly, all over the place.



He seems to like Toots and the mom didn't mind a bit that she visited with him....or her.




As soon as he hopped down, his mom was right next to him. He continued to flap his wings and hop all around the yard. In a day or two I am sure he will fly off on his own.



It has been nice to see him grow up.

39 comments:

  1. That's amazing that your daughter was able to hold that little bird and mommy was okay with it. Wow! Good experience for your girl. We have a ton of birds nesting in the eaves of our house and boy do they make a racket.. but a lovely racket it is.

    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  2. i love to see success stories. baby bird world is a harsh place to be!

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  3. These are wonderful shots! I really like the last one.

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  4. Sweet! But I have to admit something, and you're going to think me awful, but I hate it when they build nests at the top of our porch columns and then poop all down the side. Not sweet. lol

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  5. What a precious little birdie! It's amazing that momma bird let your little one hold the baby- what a great experience for any youngster! :)

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  6. I am surprised that a baby bird would have such easy contact with a human. Toots must have a special touch!

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  7. Tyla - The very tiny nest was built in another porch fern. No bird poop to deal with! If there had been, I might not have been so sweet on the little guy and his parents.

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  8. Texwisgirl - We were glad to see this little guy survive. Especially after the other guys died.

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  9. What sweet memories for Toots. I hope she isn't heartbroken when he flies.
    I see your straw garden is flourishing. I cannot wait to see the full grown plants. Anxious, anxious as the day is long.
    Your beautician has a smashingly gorgeous garden. Love the ivy by the birdbath.
    Thanks always, for stopping and loving my Bridal Wreath...I love it.
    BlessYourHeart

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  10. Adorable, and how sad ! nice to see how this remaining little one grow up !

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  11. Very nice experience for your daughter. Perhaps the baby is used to human presence due to being raised on your porch. Love your header!

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  12. I had a baby looking for his/her mom a few days ago. sadly the mom was found before with its neck broken. We had very high winds last week. I felt really bad for this little baby, and all i could do was bring out some bread for it. Richard from the Amish settlement of Lebanon,Pa

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  13. Love those crazy head feathers..fledglings are so cute.

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  14. you look like you have a great life

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  15. Nice set of photos. It is a real privilege to be able to hold a young bird like that. Unforgettable experiences.

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  16. Awww -- Toots is a mommy in training! Adorable little bird. I hope he has a long and healthy life. :)

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  17. As kids, we were told that a mother bird wouldn't feed or nurture a chick that had been touched by humans and bore our smell. You and a couple other birder blogs seem to be saying that was an old wives' tale . . .?

    Hope this guy makes it. Too bad it has to be such a struggle.

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  18. That is amazing that the mother bird let her hold the baby..great shots!

    We have barn swallows in our shed. (every year same couple) We can't get close to them though..

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  19. Aren't baby birds the cutest??? We have a ton nesting in oureaves and porch every year. I don't even mind all the little birdie poop!
    Thanks for the great blog!
    Suzanne

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  20. You got some super shots of him! How sweet! And his already has the little spot on his chest...a song sparrow...one of my favorites!

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  21. Aww. amazing that the momma bird let Toots hold him...he's so darn cute!I love all the birds that live in my yard...they bring me joy!

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  22. So cool that Momma Bird doesn't mind baby being held!

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  23. How sweet! The last time I raised a baby chick was in 2nd grade but man, I'd love to do it again!

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  24. Even though birds creep me out, that one actually looks cute.

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  25. Now that is one sweet hairdo:)))

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  26. Such a precious little birdie...don't you just find youself becoming attached to things like this...I would want to watch the little thing until it was able to fly away on it's own.

    I always enjoy the pictures on your header...
    Blessings!

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  27. Good luck little one. It's a tough world out there.

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  28. Absolutely fantastic pictures, the little creature is simply amazing!

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  29. Oh thats so cute, great photos you might not get the chance again to get a bird that close.
    Have a good week
    See Yea George xxx

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  30. I adore the similarities and differences between that little fledgling and your fledgling whose holding him :)!!!!

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