Wednesday, May 21, 2014

An empty cradle

It has been a sad day here in Sawyer.

I went to check on Eleanor and the eggs…
due to hatch this weekend…
the nest was empty.

I was devastated to be quite honest.

What a sinking feeling to peek inside and have nothing there.

Nature is cruel.

I don't know what else to say…
but wanted you to know.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

It's official…I am a bird watcher!

It basically took me six hours to get both of these photos.
I stopped by the store three times on Saturday before we even opened.
I sound desperate.  
Maybe I am.
 I like to think that I'm curious.
I just wanted to see if the new egg was there.
But...each time…
Ellie was there…
being a great momma.

Stacia and I had been working…
and I was constantly peeking out the window for my opportunity…
and, then it happened…
with a store full of people…
and just as Stacia needed something…
I CAN'T!!!
I CAN'T!!!
I have like five minutes to get this picture while she is off the nest!!
I bolted out the door…
and there were three!

I basically repeated the steps today.
I waited…
and watched…
and waited some more.
Finally, I caught a break around 3:00pm.
Now there are four!

They are so beautiful.
So small.
So perfect.

Here are the next steps.
There is a rare chance she could lay five eggs.
It's rare.
But, let's face it.
She is a super girl.
I am kind of expecting it.

I will be there tomorrow…
and the second I get the chance…
I'll run to the nest and see how many eggs there are.

After that, it takes 12-14 days for the eggs to hatch.
She will sit there all day…
 taking care of them.

Stay tuned.

What a beautiful Mother's Day, indeed.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Two Brilliant Blue Eggs

I am tardy in posting…and I feel badly because how AMAZING is this egg?
Two days ago she laid her first beautiful blue egg.

I'll be honest, before this nature adventure, I knew nothing about robin's…
or much about any bird for that matter.

When I saw only one egg…I thought to myself something was wrong.
Just one? 
All that work?  

But, I did some research…
and a robin lays one egg per day…
up to four eggs.

Allow me to introduce to you our super girl, Eleanor…
Ellie for short.
She needed a strong name…from a strong woman…
Eleanor Roosevelt - deemed, First Lady of the World.

I probably sound a little crazy….
but I give her little shout outs of encouragement and 
tell her how proud I am of her…
 and to stay strong.

I did make this little safety sign for her…
but we had a lot of rain today and it got ruined.

The more I thought about it though…
I wondered if it would draw unnecessary attention?
 I may take it down.

Today, I snuck over around 8:00am and there were TWO!
I was so excited.

I mean, nature is so AMAZING and FASCINATING and just plain COOL!

I have learned so much.  
The brighter the egg color the healthier the female is and it has
proven that the male is more diligent with them in helping after they hatch.

I have yet to see her man.

She was in the cradle today for the better part of the afternoon.
What a good momma!

I can peek at her from a window in the store.  

Tonight, she will go feed and return, to hopefully lay a third.

Do you love this as much as I do?

I'm rooting for her…
for these babies…
for all of us to continue watching this miracle of life.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Update on the special happenings at Sojourn!


Our super girl finished the nest.
It's beautiful!

I spent most of the day at the store and never saw her once.

I even sat on the deck around 4:00pm hoping to catch a fly by or something.


I can only hope she is resting and prepping to lay her eggs.

She is clearly an over-achiever…
 and I imagine she is just plain tired.

I'll check on her tomorrow…
and the next day…
and the day after that.

Stay tuned…we've got babies coming! :)

Monday, May 5, 2014

Intrigued by nature

I saw the most amazing thing.  
I went to work on Sunday and Jordan and Stacia took me outside to see what was happening.  
I had never seen anything like it before…ever.  

Have you ever seen anything so amazing?

Eight (8) nests leading up the stairs.

I was in awe.

This Robin has outdone herself.

I went back this morning and watched her.

I thought to myself…
What a dreamer!
Not just one nest…she has made eight!  
In fact, I noticed some other twigs and grasses left on yet another step below…
she has big plans.

I'll be honest…I watched her fly in with a mouthful of mud and twigs and I felt a little emotional.

She noticed me and flew up to the landing and waited.

I was so inspired.

Clearly, a hard worker…making this incredible combine for…I'm not sure who exactly.  
I really have only ever seen one nest at a time before.

Follow this link to see a video I took.

Truly, nature at its finest.

I was completely fascinated, so I did some research.

Apparently, building multiple nests is rare. 

Support from underneath is the primary site selection factor for the female robin.
In fact, it is more important to her than the concealment of the nest.

The female can get 'seduced' into building multiple nests.
This is an example of 'supernormal stimuli'. 
I would say so…she is my superwoman!

They can't resist if seduced. 
The robin will only settle in one nest after laying her eggs.

I'm going to keep an eye on her.
I also learned…a nest is a baby cradle. 
An incubator, if you will.
She will not stay but perch near and watch her babies.

From all of the reading…I will be honest...I am not that hopeful for her.
To keep the nest undisturbed and risk her abandonment may be slim.

I will tell you though, this has brought me so much joy all day today.

I found myself so inspired by her tenacity, determination, work ethic
and well…
before I knew it was her supernormal stimuli…
her big dream.

I was fascinated.

You never know where you will find it.
Thank you Jordan and Stacia for showing it to me.