Baby Mockingbirds – Nest to Flight

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I was quite amazed when I saw that a mockingbird was making a nest right outside my front window in my rose bush.  We won’t discuss the nest that was built in my fence and what happened to that.  I also thought that late May was an odd time for them to lay eggs but found that they build several nests during the mating season.  I also found out that it is generally the male that builds the nest.  Here is a video of papa making sure it is comfy. (Note: Most of the pictures were taken through my window so are not a great quality)

Making a nest

Making a nest

It was not long before there were 2 little eggs laying in the nest and then 2 more the next day.

DSCN4303DSCN4312After a little over a week there were 4 baby mockingbirds settled in the nest.  Then as time went on there were only 2.  I don’t know what happened, if they died or something got them. 

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It was hard to catch the mama or daddy feeding them but did once or twice, here is the video.  They usually flew away before I could grab the camera and get into position.  I really enjoyed sitting in my chair and opening the blinds just enough to watch them every day.

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As the two little ones grew I could see one especially testing its wings and jumping about the nest.  The day after I took this video it was no longer in the nest.  The very next day the next one jumped from the rose bush and toddled off.  I can hear at least one in my firebush in the back yard and today caught a glimpse of it while talking with a friend.

Watching the nest being built to the babies flying off has been a gift to me from Yehovah and I am grateful for the experience.

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