The parents are the two on the left…the three kids, on the right. As annoying as these little birds can be, this particular birdy couple have stolen a place in our hearts, or at least stolen a nesting place by our house. This is the third year they have built their mud nest on top of our motion-sensing light. They come, spend days building, lay eggs, and then care for their hatchlings until they are ready to fly off on their own. Our kids love seeing all this happen right outside our garage and will make sure to bring over all their friends, young and old, to check on the status of the bird family. There’s always a ladder pulled out several times through the whole process to peek in on the little chirpers and despite our disturbances to their peace, they keep coming back.
Anyway, back to tonight. So, I’m watching this little love scene unfold with Dad & Mom sqeezing eachother tightly while the children are a respectable distance away, pretending to mind their own business. I’m feeling slightly jealous that these parents can get a moment to themselves, cuddling in plain view of their offspring without interruption, when suddenly, one of the kids boldy flies over as close as he can to his cozy parents.
This intrusion was obviously not allowed or appreciated, and both parents became very flustered, ruffled their feathers and chirp-chirped loudly at their mis-behaving, disruptive kid. Seizing on the opportunity, baby number two scoots in a little closer, hopping along until she is as close as she dares, sneakily trying to get to Mom.
Dad is NOT happy and flutters his wings, barks orders, and tells them to go back to where they came from. Dad and Mom shuffle away from baby two. I was seriously laughing out loud by this point. Strangely enough, I was comforted by this whole scene because 1) these annoying, yet beautiful little birds have affection for each other that keeps them together through all the joys and struggles of raising kids, 2) Even they have a hard time getting alone time with three offspring to care for, and 3) Kids will be kids!!! 🙂
Soon, the little ones will fly away to find their own mates, and Mom & Dad will disappear until next year. But I will remember the love scene on the wire. The love scene that reminds me an awful lot of where my hubby and I are at right now in our relationship…keeping the flame alive, with four little ones trying to interrupt at every moment. 🙂