A couple of days ago I was walking through the strawberry patch and I saw something tiny scurry quickly to my left. I looked over, thinking it was a mouse, but caught sight of a little bird. And then I remembered the finch mama and the nest we found a few days ago, so I peered into the nest to take a quick look and low and behold THEY HATCHED!
I was super excited and very surprised, especially since I had just seen the eggs not even a week ago. I didn't realize baby birds could hatch so quickly. Well, while the mama twittered and tweeted her discontent at my proximity to her little ones, I decided to snap a picture to show you guys.
They're pretty weird looking and insanely tiny but also really downy and cute. If I think about it, I'll try to get some more pictures of their progress as the days go by. They might be fledglings already for all I know!
Speaking of fledglings-- today, I notice a loud squaking, which isn't of itself out of the ordinary, but then I saw our farm dog/mascot/entertainer, Gixxer (pronounced Jix-er), looking quite intently at a patch of grass and inching in slowly. So, I walked up quickly and looked and saw a fledgling stellar jay pitifully sqauking at me. I immediately shooed the dog away and eventually chased him into the house. When I went back out the little jay was still sitting in the tall grass, occassionally crying out, especially when I got closer. Poor little jay. I hope that it finds its mother or its mother finds it soon. Send it some positive thoughts everyone.
It's been such a trip so far to be so close to the lives of birds. There were birds in St. Paul but I never got to see fledglings or newly hatched baby birds. It's all quite exciting and wonderful.