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Wildlife - Nesting Birds - Pictures and Video

Updated on September 26, 2017

Wild Birds

It is so fascinating to watch baby birds nesting, growing and developing. Living in an apartment in North Carolina does not stop you from enjoying birds or experiencing a wildlife habitat. It has been years since I have had the privilege of having birds nest near enough that I could see all that was going on.

I thought it was so exciting, I had to chronicle the journey of egg to a bird, as I witnessed on my own patio. I can not tell you what kind of bird was nesting in my ferns, but I was able to get pictures of them, as I watched their parents build the nest, lay the eggs, feed and then encourage the fledgling to fly away.

It was amazing to watch the process and it reminded me that God's glory is everywhere. I hope you enjoy the pictures. They were all taken with my iPhone.

A Full Nest

I love watching nature and the stages that produce new life. Once I knew the nest was finished, all I need to do was wait. To my surprise, the first time checked. I found two eggs, and the next time, there were five!

I don't know when she had time to lay the eggs, it seems like she was never there. Each time I opened the patio door. She flew away.

Somehow my presence and the presence of my cats did not deter the birds from choosing my patio as the place to raise their new family.

I took close pictures so the small details of the egg could be seen. Actually, the eggs were about the size of a jelly bean. Not all we have to do is wait!


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Fuzz and Beaks

When I first saw this little birds, I thought they were dead. It had been an extremely hot day and a thunderstorm the night before.

All I saw was fuzz and they seems to have not form. As I looked closer, I saw them breathing. So tiny and so perfect!

Dangers Below

This is my male cat Oreo. He and his sister seemed pretty calm through the whole process.

They didn't seem to pay the birds much attention until they got very vocal during their daily feedings.

My girl cat never paid them any mind at all; but on more than one occasion I found Oreo on the patio railing, looking up at the nest.

Once the birds got to a certain age, I made sure they were not on the patio without me.

Can't you just tell what he is thinking from this picture?

Getting Older

Growing Quickly

They are getting pretty big and as you can see, have out grown their nest. Pretty soon something has got to give or someone has got to leave!

Coaching from the Sidelines

The bigger the bird got, the less the parents would come directly to the nest to feed them. I noticed before feeding the fledglings, the parents would sit nearby and call to the chicks. When they heard their parents call they would call back.

They have learned their songs well and are prepared to recognize their parent's voices when they leave the nest.

Now when feeding time has come, you can hear the flapping of little wings as they encouraged their parents to feed them. This behavior I assume also exercised their wings in preparation for flight.

I was fortunate to see the first chick leave the nest, he was so brave!

Now there are 3

Reluctant Flyer

If you are a parent you know there is always one child who wants to stick closer to home. They are reluctant to leave home because of fear or laziness. Well, momma would have no such thing with her kids. She just stopped feeding Reluctant Flyer. As you can see, he almost takes up the whole nest, so he is well able to leave.

I was so concerned he would starve or feel rejected, but this is all in the plan to make the nest so uncomfortable that RF would leave. She did not ignore him, but sat in a nearby tree and called and called to him.

He went one whole day with not food. Why doesn't RF leave? I went to bed that night and when I checked the nest the next morning, Reluctant Flyer had gone!

Job Well Done

The parents have done their jobs well, as birds have done for thousands of years without out help. From nest to nesting, to feeding, to teaching to flying coach. And then there were none!


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      Pamela Lipscomb 2 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Thanks DAL. I found an abandoned nest when I was young. I hoped and prayed the eggs would hatch, but were probably left too long. I have been fascinated with birds, since my mother bought me a book of birds when I got my tonsils out. This is really the fulfillment of a little girls dream. It was so cool! Thanks for taking time to comment.

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      Dave 2 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Hi Pamela, What a wonderful thing to do the study of a wild bird bringing up her family. It is now recorded for posterity. The images are excellent and a credit to you. Moreover, you have done so well to keep your cats from doing them any harm. The bird must have trusted you to do so. Voted up,beautiful,and very interesting.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Princess, I have always been fascinated with birds. In the fourth grade I found a robins nest with some eggs in it. I waited and waited for them to hatch, to no avail. Of course I knew nothing about incubation, or how long they had been exposed to the elements. I consider it an honor for them to nest on my patio and allow me to photograph them. Thanks for you comments!

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      Theresa Ford 5 years ago from RPB, Florida

      Nice pictures. You got up close and personal. I once had birds nesting in my vine covered arbor. i was never able to get pictures this great. I momma bird would always chase me away, lol. They nest is long gone and I miss that activity in my back yard.

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      What a beautiful hub and I vote up without a doubt.

      We have a bird table out in the back and have many birds visiting,I am a sucker for anything to do with nature/wildlife/animals etc. so this one was a treat !!

      I now look forward to reading many more by you.

      Take care


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      rex michaels 6 years ago

      Wow excellent. I can't wait to read it again to see what I missed. Thanks for sharing!

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      SLMorgan 6 years ago

      Hello 2besure, you will have to watch the documentary, "Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill". It talks about the wild parrots in San Francisco. It's a wild, but wonderful story.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Simorgan, I didn't know there were parrots in California. How cool! They are beautiful.

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      slmorgan 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Beautiful photos and video! I love watching birds too. I live in San Francisco and love watching the wild parrots and redtail hawks. Nice hub.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Thanks naturgirl. Now I have a name to go with the bird!

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      Yvonne L. B. 6 years ago from South Louisiana

      Yes, that is how male and female House Finches look. We have them down here in Louisiana, too.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Naturegirl7, the male was red and brown and the female was brown with a light breast speckled with dark spots.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Thanks AliciaC. I am pretty pleased they picked my patio!

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      Yvonne L. B. 6 years ago from South Louisiana

      I think your birds may be house finches. At least the eggs look like it and the babies look like some kind of finch. I can't make out the parents' coloration.

      Lovely hub.

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      Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a very enjoyable hub! I love your visual record of the baby birds and their development.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Thanks katrinasui! I had a great time doing it!

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      katrinasui 6 years ago

      fantastic hub with lovely photos. videos are also great.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      You know naturegirl7, I have never seen this type of bird before. Two pairs of birds nesting in my firns.

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      Yvonne L. B. 6 years ago from South Louisiana

      What kind of birds are they?

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Very beautiful photos!!!! Terrific hub!