Baby birds!

What a beautiful spring day here!  I am loving it!  We went to the playground and had a picnic lunch. I have the best banana bread in the world baking as we speak (I needed to use up bananas).  The chickens are roaming the yard, happy as can be.  I’m about to go outside and plant my lettuce in the raised beds.  It’s sunny with a little breeze and I have been hanging outside in only a long sleeve t-shirt.  What could be better?  A post about baby birds, you say?  Why yes, I agree!

Clara has become obsessed with the idea of eggs and baby birds hatching.  Just in time for spring.  What a coincidence.  Actually, I had next to nothing to do with this obsession.  I only played off of it because it is awfully adorable to watch a toddler “hatch” plastic easter eggs in a nest made of pillows and then pretend to teach the baby birds how to fly.  We really have been doing a lot of that these days.

Grandpa Bob sent over this awesome bird’s nest in a bird house that Daddy built to look at. The eggs were so tiny! Smaller than jelly beans, even. I wish I knew what kind of bird’s eggs they are!
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We have also been reading this “Cat in the Hat” book a lot. Clara has become a little obsessed with it. Which is okay. For our first real non-fiction reading, it’s not too bad. There are a ton of them, too, The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library, so I may be getting more from the library. But, for now, I will be reading Fine Feathered Friends: A Book About Birds multiple times a day.

With this obsession in mind, I made her a little present. I knew she would love it. It was not a surprise, as she saw the book that I got the pattern out of and demanded that I make it for her, even though I was planning to anyway. It took me about a week of evening knitting after she was asleep. It would have been faster, but I was too tired on some nights to work on it. Which came first? The birdie or the egg? In this case, I know the egg came first ’cause I made it.
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The baby bird hatches out of the egg, then can fly around the room to his heart’s content. I just used all sorts of leftover yarn that I had in my yarn bag, so the beak color is a little funky, but I like it. I took some pictures of Clara playing with it. Notice the attitude in the first one? The second is of her hatching her little egg.
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I can think of worse things for a toddler to be amazed with! Maybe we’ll have to make a point of filling our bird feeder so we can see what comes to visit in our yard.

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9 Responses to “Baby birds!”


  1. 1 Karen March 15, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Danette you are the best Mom ever!!! What a great idea, and that picture is pricless. Can’t wait to help out with the bird feeder, that would be good, but remember they are messy underneath, what about a hummingbird feeder? She would love them because they are little and really put on a show. You have a big back yard both would be good.

    • 2 mysillylittlelife March 15, 2010 at 5:51 pm

      I think that the chickens would take care of any mess underneath the bird feeder! We don’t have a hummingbird feeder, but both Liza and Courtney do and they get tons of hummingbirds (right in the neighborhood).

      • 3 Rick March 16, 2010 at 11:06 am

        The chickens would probably clean up the spilled birdseed but as Aunt Jean can tell you the mess is not only birdseed.

  2. 4 Kristen March 15, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Clara is REALLY adorable in the first picture, she never just sits still and smiles like that! Does Drew get a bird to hatch for Easter? What about Nancy and Chloe? They don’t need theirs by Easter, why Nancy will only just be born on that day, she will be “hatching” herself!

    • 5 mysillylittlelife March 15, 2010 at 8:10 pm

      Hummm…. maybe Drew might get one. Do you think he would like it? Its kinda a time committment, but I’m not knitting anything else right now and Adam’s flight simulator is coming tomorrow, so I could probably finish one in time.

      • 6 Kristen March 15, 2010 at 9:07 pm

        OOOOOOOHHHHHHHH AAAAAAWWWWW, the flight simulator! You don’t have to make him one, I am not sure if he would like it or not. He is REALLY into his trains and cars right now.

  3. 7 Brandy March 15, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    Seems to be a great idea for a gift specially since your daughter is getting attached and curios on birds and how they hatch. The second to the last pic you shared of her holding the knitted bird, was priceless. You can see the happiness and joy in her eyes while holding your gifts.

  4. 8 carrita March 16, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Oh, Danette, I agree with your Mom. You are the best mother ever, but we are not bias. We will save the bird nest here and whenever Clara visits she can see it and hopefully some new bird families because we will have two. Love the pics of Clara. She is sooooo photogenic. I don’t know about the spelling.

  5. 9 Bob March 16, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    I’m pretty certain that the eggs are from house wrens.

    I’ll put that bird’s nest back together with screws instead of glue. That way we’ll be able to inspect it when you are here to visit. (As long as it’s unoccupied.)

    By the way, we want some rosemary from you if your plant is doing well.


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