About a week ago while Mike and my brother-in-law were working in his yard they cut down a tree and found a nest with three little baby birds inside. Mike brought the birds to our house and I immediately started to freak out. Now to understand why I was freaking out, you have to know about a story from my childhood.
When I was about 8 years old my friend and I rescued two baby birds and we decided that we were going to nurse these birds back to health and then release them back into the wild when they were adults. Well not more than a couple of hours passed with our new pets when we came in to find that our cat had snacked on the baby birds as if they were treats.
That pretty much traumatized me for the rest of my life. So when I saw these little birds I knew that the likely hood of keeping them alive was pretty slim. My sister and I did as much research as we could, and we called every animal shelter type place that we could find, but because it was the memorial day weekend we could not find a place to take these poor little birds. We really tried to act as little mothers to these babies, but I realized about 3 hours into this whole ordeal, that I am not a bird! Nothing came as instinct, no matter what we did it felt like we were messing up these fragile little lives and it was very stressful to say the least.
So I am sad to say that after about three days the little birds passed away and all of my trauma from childhood came back. I hope that I never have to take care of a wild animal again, it does not come natural and I am very clear that I am not a bird, nor do I have any bird instincts.
These little guys were so cute and hungry!
The nest itself was a masterpiece and I couldn't believe the stuff we found inside of it. I felt sad for the little mother who worked so hard to give a warm and safe place for her children, maybe that is why I wanted to keep them alive so badly.
Ella thought it was the coolest thing and when she first saw the birds she said, "Oh poor little birdies, I love you little birdies".
It was a very cool learning experience for her!