Friday, June 12, 2009

Eggs

My morning house chore today was to wash eggs and turn on the dishwasher.
I don't know why, I thought you needed to see the eggs. Aren't they are grand!Yesterday when I got home I ran to the nest to see what progress had been made. I saw thin, fine nesting material had been added and thought to myself, "it must be the finishing touches". I had noticed the evening before she had added a coarse material over the leaves that lined the bottom.
This morning before starting my chores, I looked but did not see her at the nest. Then while standing at the sink washing eggs, I saw her dart around the corner. I ran to watch out my window being very still and just watching as she did a sort of slow dance. She slowly squatted into the nest cup and then stood and turned a little bit. Then, she squatted and stood and turned and squatted and stood and turned and squatted and stood and turned. I watched her slow dance in wonder. This must be how they make the nest cup so perfectly rounded, I thought. I left her dancing but did see her fly past my window again.
I reported her slow dance to dear husband and then went back to see if she was back. I'm a stalker. She was there sitting quietly in her nest cup. The dance was over. I watched. We were both still and silent. She saw me but turned away. She opened her beak a couple of time which was curious and then she hopped out and flew.
I thought to myself, "could she have possibly just laid her first egg?" and "could I have possibly just witnessed it?" I quickly opened the door, taking the five steps in two leaps and there it was at 6:48 am, the first pale blue speckled beautiful gift.

I left knowing she was finished for today. I did have time for morning art and will share that later.
Expect more eggs,
Sharon

12 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing. Lovely.

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  2. Beautiful description of one of natures small miracles.

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  3. I love your washed eggs picture! That nest is wonderful and so is the little egg in it! Thanks for sharing! I just love this!

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  4. And, people think Hollywood is important! Other than the birth of a human being, I can't think of a more important and beautiful event than what you witnessed. And, isn't that egg glorious?
    Thanks for sharing it. Pat

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  5. Oh how wonderful that you were able to catch the moment she laid her first egg. It's beautiful! Our little mama bird here has returned to her nest to lay a second brood!
    xo
    jeanne

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  6. What an honor to wtiness such in nature.

    I wonder if she did the hardest thing first that she had to do all day. Sometimes it is good to get the hardest done early.

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  7. i have enjoyed watching her build the new nest
    and now the arrival of the children
    i have bids that build their nest from mudd every year
    in the dog kennels
    drives the dogs nuts
    but i watch each new years crop learn to fly and leave

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  8. Gosh, I've missed some stuff here.

    I'm glad you're posting about the cardinal. What a fascinating thing to witness, and you tell it so well.

    Thanks for that.

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  9. Eggcellent post Sharon! See how important you are to all of us!

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  10. Sharon, that was a glorious description...I had to read it through several times. I've been a bird watcher since preteen years and am always tuned in to the birds around me. You witnessed something few people do, I imagine. I thank you for sharing the event in such a way that we can feel we were there with you enjoying the experience.

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  11. Oh, what an honor to witness something so wondrous! You'll have to check out my blog and see my egg offering:-) It's that time of year.

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  12. How exciting to witness the mother preparing her nest and delivering her first egg. You must have been soooo happy all day!

    Jacky xox

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