Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Front Porch Awakening

It's been a long winter for many of us. And just about the time we think we've turned the proverbial corner, we get hit with torrential rain and temps barely hovering above the 40-degree mark (with wind chills of 33, no less!)
Well, guess what, Mother Nature? This lady is gonna fight back! (Read as "stay in denial" haha.)

I had already planted all of my pots with flowers...

I had begun to arouse the sad front porch from its winter sleep...

And I had created a small "masterpiece" for our front door.

Awhile back, I had "beefed up a wreath" (you can read more about that here.) Now that little wreath is suspended playfully on a door basket that I filled with branches, moss and faux flower and butterfly stems.

But Mrs. Robin is not happy with my activity on the porch! She has created her own cozy perch on our light and would very much prefer that we keep clear while she brings her young ones into this world.

Usually the purple finches beat her to the light fixtures each Spring. I noticed that they have been hovering around the porch but, as of yet, had not begun to build their own nest. Then, upon further inspection, I discovered something amazing! There are 4 large dark blue eggs in the nest, and one smaller light blue egg.

It looks like Mrs. Robin decided to rent out space to the finches this year! Have you ever seen anything like this?

I think this is one of those beautiful gifts that so often go unnoticed in our society's hectic modus operandi. I am grateful that today I uncovered something so special.

"In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous." -Aristotle

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36 comments:

  1. Very comfy and cozy. Your floral arrangement on the door is the right touch. Great job! -Bev

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    1. Thanks so much, Bev. And it's nice to "meet" you!

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    1. I appreciate it! And thanks for stopping by :)

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    1. Thanks, Rita! I hope it will look even better when the flowers have filled out in the pots.

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  4. Your creation is just gorgeous, and I LOVED seeing the sweet nest. What a loving mom to accept the little orphan egg.
    I'd like to know who minds the nest and how they get along when they hatch. Amazing!
    Patti

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    1. Patti, I am also wondering what the robin will do when the baby finch hatches. I hope she will be kind until the baby can fly away.

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  5. Lizabeth Buffy Ebers TruesdaleMay 15, 2014 at 6:56 AM

    a refreshingly beautiful story of open arms (wings) and acceptance.....please keep us updated on the babies!

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  6. Love the arrangement and then seeing the nest and eggs made my day. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Your arrangement for the door is a masterpiece! At first I thought the nest was a decorative touch as well. I guess the birds were helping you out because it looks pretty there. It's interesting that there seems to be two different types of eggs.
    We have quail that nest and they may share a nest with the same species, though I've heard they will share it with other birds too sometimes.

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    1. I only invite the birds who are talented designers to our porch, haha!! Wow, I would love to see your quail, too :)

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  8. That is funny about the nest! And I love the door decoration.

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    1. Thank you Pam! Our robin has been faithfully sitting on that nest all day today :)

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  9. Your wreath is lovely and love seeing the bird nest with eggs.
    Last year, one of our Cardinals hatched a brown-headed cowbird and they came to the feeder together and she fed him. Funny scene, but Mrs. Cardinal did not know the difference. The female cowbird does not build her own nest. Instead, she waits until another bird temporarily leaves it's nest of eggs, then she places her eggs in the nest with the other eggs.
    When the other bird returns to its nest, it will sit on all of the eggs, unaware that some do not belong there!
    Not only will the other bird incubate the eggs, it will also raise the young as its own until they are ready to leave the nest!
    Nature is so interesting. (information found on the internet)
    Thanks for sharing.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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    1. Audrey, I love your story about the cardinal and the cowbird :) Our robin has been sitting on all 5 eggs as often as she can (unless we open the front door and disturb her.) It has been really fun to observe her this Spring.

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  10. Your porch looks wonderful and the nest picture is so sweet!

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    1. Thank you so much, Susan. It's nice to "meet" you :)

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  11. So glad spring has finally come to many of you - we're moving into summer and I look forward to the beautiful summer blooms! LOVE your wreath and the bird's nest - how wonderful! I will be featuring your post in this week's Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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    1. Thank you, Kathy! I really do appreciate that! Looking forward to another Home and Garden Thursday :)

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  12. Your floral arrangement on the door is beautiful. Love it against the green! I have never heard of two birds sharing a nest. How sweet is that? Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  13. I love all the green on your porch--the pot, the table, your door! Lovely! And your birds' nest discovery is so neat!

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    1. You and I seem to feel the same way about the color green, Heather :) I just love it!

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  14. Oh my goodness! Your porch is looking great, but what a gift of the robin's eggs in the nest! Love it! Thanks for sharing at Revisionary Life Thrifty Life Thursday!

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  15. Your front door is beautiful and I can't believe the gorgeous color of those eggs! Nature at it's finest!
    Karee

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    1. Thank you, Karee. Yes, I was surprised to see that the eggs were such a deep tint of blue. There have now hatched and I will be sharing photos of our little robins soon!

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  16. That nest is amazing! Like a blended family. And your porch looks lovely! Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!

    Alison
    Nancherrow

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  17. Just wanted to let you know that you're being featured on Fridays Unfolded this week!

    Alison
    Nancherrow

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  18. I love the door arrangement. I need to spruce up my back deck so I'll want to spend more time out there.

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  19. That's a colorful porch. And the nest is extra special. We lost the nest under deck this year to our neighbor's cat. :(

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    1. We also have a cat hunter in our neighborhood, Vidya. It has been lurking around our porch lately but soon our babies will all be able to fly away, luckily.

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