Wednesday, May 13, 2009

EMPTY NEST SYNDROME





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Somewhere up in the locust tree, the mother robin is feeling it:

Mrs. R: "It seems like only a few weeks ago they were pecking their way out of the shells, and I wore myself ragged (sniff sniff) keeping those little gaping gullets full of grubs and bugs, and now there they are, all fledged out, sitting on the lawn - the very same lawn (sob) you dropped the empty eggs shells on (dabs eyes with wing). Honey - do you remember?"

Mr. Robin: "Yes, dear, I remember."

Mrs. R: "Oh look, there they are, all together! They look so grown-up! I think two of them take after your side."

Mr. R: "Honestly, my dear, can't tell them apart..."

Mrs. R: (glaring like a Cooper's hawk) Oh, what a terrible thing to say about your own children!!"



At this point my phone rang, so I didn't get to hear the rest of the conversation, to find out if Mr. Robin was able to come up with a save. Yesterday I posted a photo of a baby robin from Wikimedia Commons, because I didn't have any photos of the local babies, but late yesterday afternoon I got one of all three. And those are the eggshells I picked up from the grass and saved. I'm a little sentimental about those babies, too, I guess.

13 comments:

jinksy said...

What a heavenly blue those eggs shells look in your photo...Hope your 'babies' come back to visit...

Sylvia K said...

Well, I love the Robin dialogue to begin with and the photos are just great! Fun springtime post!

bobbie said...

They grow so fast! The ones I'm watching are almost bursting out of the nest already.

Aleta said...

They look beautiful and I laughed with the conversation you overheard. Hehe. Too funny. We have doves at our home.

Quiet Paths said...

ah.....

and you crack me up.

Oh, sorry.

Lin said...

this is really good. you could write a children's book or an adult book with nature dialogues...

Rose said...

Ahhhh--they are adorable.

Cloudia said...

Thanks for sharing this delightful-insightful post with us!
Aloha from Waikiki

fourwindsphotojournal said...

This story explains something for me. Our local robin family isn't in their usua place. They must be done with the first batch. I wonder how many sets they have in a summer?

Shellmo said...

I agree with Lin - you should write a book! Wonderful!!

Indrani said...

Technology as always did interfere with nature!

Cute egg shells.

magiceye said...

such a sweet post..

Kathiesbirds said...

How funny! How sweet!