Where do they go?

Every spring there are several baby robins at my place. One year they hatched and fledged from the nest under one of the window awnings. Two years in a row they hatched from a nest under the carport. The second year under the carport they did not live to fledge, crows stole them. The robins have not built their nests where I can see them since that year.

I was fortunate enough to get some photos from the first year under the carport. They are not the best photos I have ever taken but I am glad to have them. The mom and dad watched over them and took turns feeding them.

They had four little ones and I enjoyed watching them several times a day every day until they all fledged.

Flapping those little wings getting them ready to fly. They were so cute.

Last night we had storms that brought heavy rain, wind, and hail. Some parts of the state had golf ball and baseball sized hail. My area had marble to quarter size that lasted several minutes. The ground was covered with layered hail stones. I could not help but think about the birds that are nesting now. How do they stay safe and protect their babies in weather like that? Where do the birds go for protection? I don’t see how they could survive in a nest in a tree with weather like we had last night.

There have not been very many birds at the feeders so far today. I hope there were not birds or other wildlife killed by that terrible hail.

My thoughts and prayers are with all the people who have property damage from tornadoes, wind, hail, fires, snowstorms, and flooding. Still more storms to come tonight and tomorrow. My thoughts and prayers will be with all people and wildlife.

Early morning blessing

On this day 2 years ago.

It was 5:55 a.m. and except for the streetlights and the yard light it was still dark outside. I heard the beautiful song of the little wren that sits at my window most mornings around 7:30 a.m. and sings for me.

Carolina wren enjoying sunshine after several days of rain.

Those little wrens sing off and on throughout the day at my place, but I have not heard one that early since that day.

We had had rain for several days and that was the first day without rain for a few hours, more rain was coming. That was a special blessing to hear that beautiful song before dawn.

So many little things can make a difference to us just at the right time. We can make a difference in someone’s life by doing something that seems small to some but would be a big blessing to others.

We should never stop being respectful and kind to others and being thankful for the beauty that surrounds us in nature.

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