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June 15, 2017

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Mad birds

We have a barn swallow nest on one of the porches. We’ve been watching as the parents tried repeatedly to make a nest but it wouldn’t stick, then after a couple of weeks it finally worked. We’ve made some hilariously cute hand-drawn signs to remind the children to be quiet and let mama bird rest, but of course they only work 40% of the time. The remaining 60%, they are shouting, bouncing balls or – like last Friday – getting it with a water squirter. Dang it!!

Today we (really, ‘I’) noticed different activity: sitting on the edge of the nest and poking inside. Hatching!! I found half an eggshell on the ground and we all marveled at how tiny it was. I kept telling the children that I wish I had a camera up there, but that would scare the parents.

So, I waited until everyone went home.

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Oh, yeah. I made those bird parents MAD. I got a photo and about two seconds of video when they came back and SCREECHED AND FLEW all around. I booked it right inside and worried that they wouldn’t come back, so I went out and got the ladder, too. A while later and they were back. Hopefully their little bird brains will forget the monster that was too close to their babies.

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Well, ‘baby’ so far.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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2 Responses to “Mad birds”

  1. Brad Said on:

    Whew! You were brave! I think angry birds are kind of scary. They dive at you and screech. Yikes!

    I looked at the picture of the baby birds for a long time before I could figure out what position they were in.

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    • Lauren Said on:

      You are way ahead of me. It’s just one bird and I literally can’t make heads or tails of it.

      Also, how did I miss the opportunity for ‘Angry Birds’ as a title??

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June 15, 2017

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Mad birds

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We have a barn swallow nest on one of the porches. We’ve been watching as the parents tried repeatedly to make a nest but it wouldn’t stick, then after a couple of weeks it finally worked. We’ve made some hilariously cute hand-drawn signs to remind the children to be quiet and let mama bird rest, […]

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I always sit by the talkers.

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Taunting? Revenge?

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Take me out to the… 94 degrees? You’ve got to be kidding.

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A weird day

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Ugh. The morning was not my favorite. I slept on the sofa all night and woke up with big goals. I even made a list! Then I got caught up in a ‘give a mouse a cookie’ kind of cleaning spell. I wanted to take a shower, but there were baskets of unfolded laundry all […]

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