On Thursday when I checked our nest there were only 3 babies left. I think they’re so funny with their beady eyes, yellow “lips”, and tufts of fluff.
Today there were only 2.
As soon as I snapped their picture one flew away. I bet by tomorrow the nest will be empty.
It’s funny, when it was supposed to be spring here in March, and then April I was really mourning being away from the magic of our amazing yard in Ohio. I missed feeling like the world was just teaming with life, like the earth was in celebration at the coming out of the sun. Spring in our suburban Colorado neighborhood just can’t compare. It’s been late in coming, but there’s also the generic feel of our yard. No towering maple trees with dozens of goldfinches. No red buds. No kid made cities of forts.
But, these little birds reminded me that nature is everywhere– even in our neighborhood of arid postage stamp yards. It may be different here, but still the miracles abound. I know there are millions of birds, and I know it seems silly, but I couldn’t help but feel like just when I was missing them most, the birds found me. Their nest was built, the eggs were laid, the babies hatched, and now they’re flying away. It all happened so quickly we had to pay attention or we would miss it. That’s how life is. We can live and grow and thrive in a protective grove of trees or on someone’s front door. Really, no place is perfect. Just like I know that this house, in this neighborhood is where I need to be, our front door wreath was just where those finches needed to be. The ins and outs of our front door certainly weren’t ideal for this little bird family, but watching them has sure brought us joy, and made me feel that connection to the natural world I so needed.
Isn’t amazing how quickly it all happened?