Monday, August 24, 2015

they're ba-aack!

3 months ago, mockingbirds built a nest in our orange tree and a few days later we were grandparents to two healthy baby mockingbirds.
well, earlier this month, i noticed mockingbirds building another nest in our orange tree and tuesday i found these guys.

what is bailey looking at? is that...?
(don't worry. bailey's on my lap and i have a firm grip on her)

it is! somewhere between 11.00am and noon yesterday, this little guy left his nest. amazing because it has only been 5 days since i took the picture of them in their nest and now he has feathers and is hopping around my backyard!


sadly, at 7.30 last night, i found his lifeless body in our yard. i have no idea what happened and i am heartbroken. we had spent the day being entertained by his antics, chuckling as he'd hop around our yard as he learned to "walk" and watching him spread his wings.
after i found him, i looked up because i heard a strange sound and saw his parent sitting on the wires above our yard, chirping a somber song. it was a tweet i had never heard from a mockingbird before. i'm sure he was mourning the passing of his little one. RIP little birdie. though you didn't live long enough to learn to fly, i'm sure you are now soaring the high heavens with grace.

his sibling however, is still in the nest. i pray he will thrive and flourish into a strong and health mockingbird. i will keep you posted.

until we meet again my friends-


  1. we would say he left the nest to soon - there is no way he could of learned to fly with so few feathers.

  2. Poor birdie. He must have fallen out of the nest while too young. Hopefully the other little guy/girl will stay safe.
    --Wags (and purrs) from Life with Dogs and Cats

  3. Aw, the poor little guy. He probably did fall out of the nest and Momma tried her best to watch over him. Mockingbirds are so amazing, aren't they?

  4. I was loving these photos until I read the sad outcome. My heart is just breaking. What a precious baby.

  5. Hi Y'all!

    Nature can be cruel. Often the larger and stronger bird pushes the younger, weaker one out of the nest. It is sad for all.

    Y'all come on by,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  6. So sad. They are so cute when they are all young and fluffy. I guess he must have taken a fall.

  7. We have two bird houses in our yard and baby birds are always falling out of the nest way too soon. Dad tries to put them back when he can but usually they end up like your poor little thing did. Love Dolly

  8. I'm tearing up as I read this, such a sweet soul. We'll keep the sibling in our prayers that he/she grows up safe!

  9. He might of left the nest too soon, poor little baby.