Sunday, 9 November 2008

~ Empty Nest Syndrome ~

Well, they have flown the nest and boy was it scary. Not just for the babies but for DH and I as their 'birdie grans'.

Yesterday, I just happened to see them both sitting on a branch at the top of the nest and couldn't believe my eyes as the day before they were still inside the nest albeit getting rather big to fit. DH and I just watched as they both preened their little feathers and kind of fluttered and flapped in the tree getting further away from the nest. One went but I didn't see him leave and then the other little one was left and started crying. It was heart wrenching as he cried and cried and so did I :(( He tried flapping and fluttering but just didn't have the courage or strength to take off. DH and I were getting quite distraught too and couldn't do anything although instinctively you just want to help. Mumma bird came back and was flying back and forth and I think trying to encourage her little one to take off. Finally after a very long time he kind of fluttered and hopped with Mumma encouraging and staying close by and fluttered part way around the garden all the while with DH and I watching in trepidation.

Amazingly, I found No1 birdie sitting in a tree nearby but he seemed to be the stronger of the two and appeared quite happy but no 2 was still causing us concern and I think by this stage was just exhausted and spent the afternoon in a bush with Mumma fluttering around close by. I was concerned as to whether she would continue to feed him now he was away from the nest but Sandra, you were right. She has continued to be close by and we are happy to report this morning have heard and seen baby with Mumma still nearby. We worry about the neigbouring cats and predators but now the littlies who we have become quite attached to are out in the big, scary, real world and there really is nothing we can do.

Hope you make it little ones and have a long, safe and happy life. Every time we see one of that particular honey eater now in our garden, we will be wondering if it is one of 'our birds' :)

PS We will leave the nest there for you just in case you feel inclined to come back to use it again and thanks for sharing this wonderful experience with us .

Not a lot I can show you this week in the stitching department but I am quietly working away in the background on a few bits and pieces. My SAL with Sandra this month is not making much progress but I must get onto it as Sandra already has her version stitched and probably assembled by now as well.

There is an oldie that I still love and is quite appropriate I think given my 'birdie' post today.

It is Prairie Schooler "Prairie Garden"'

My Shadow, thankfully continues to be in good health without any further seizures. Here is the handsome fellow today :)))))

I had seen this gorgeous picture a long time ago somewhere but came across it again today on the Legacy Embroiderers board. You may have already seen it but isn't it just so special !!

That little boy looks a lot lot my little boy......well, he is 34 now but when he was little:))) I just love that.

For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the
flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is
come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.

~ Solomon

Until next time.....


I have to edit my last post to add some good news!!

We have just been out to take a look at the little one and lo and behold.....both babies are side by side in the tree!! How wonderful is that. About 20 metres away from their nest. All is quiet now and No2 is happy to be joined with his nestmate.


  1. Glad the babies are both alive and well, that is great news. Pleased too to hear than Ben is well, with not more fits. I love the picture of the little boy and his dog saying their prayers - I wonder what the dog is praying for? Haven't completed my November ornament quite yet, but I am almost there.

  2. Hi Chrissie,

    I have enjoyed reading your life with the birdies! Glad to hear they are doing well. You literally have the Empty Nest thing happening, or soon. It's amazing how, when you have the time, to be part of that natural world around you. One year when we were both out of work and going thru some tough times, there was a little bird who used to come and sit on our clothesline and sing at the top of his lungs. It was such a blessing and I think back on that little bird often.

    I love your Prairie Garden too. I have recently 're-discovered' The Prairie Schooler charts and love them. I looked at Hoffman's for your chart and alas, this is OOP. I'd better buy the other ones I want before they disappear too.

    Enjoy your birdies!

  3. What a lovely blog you have! this is my first visit. I love your blog header and your gorgeous lab Ben! We lost our beautiful lab Ben in September ... my shadow too.
    So glad your bird story had a happy ending :-)

  4. Hi Chrissie
    Isn't it fun to watch the little birds as they venture out of the nest!
    I'm glad Shadow is doing well.
    Hugs, Rhondi

  5. Hi Chrissie, Glad to hear the babies and sticking together. Much safer and comforting that way (I would think).

    Love those photos! That little boy and his dog are so sweet.

    ~ Karen

  6. Hi Chrissie
    Thanks for stopping by for tea on my blog anniversary!
    Hugs, Rhondi