Sitting at home trying to get better, I must say I have been so worried about our little birds. After all, we have many followers and have watched the whole process.In addition, if they do not have a successful nesting season, the pair may not return. Well, just look what Mrs. Lamberton has to say about today! WOW!!!
Today, on Tuesday, the babies looked much better - more alert, fed and they were not very hungry at all. We checked on them and the nest looked fine, as we super stuffed it with clean cedar chips yesterday. The daddy was close by - and today - there was one adult, then another - yes, a pair circled for a good bit of time. Then we were joined by 2 other martins - and the four patrolled the whole time we were checking out the young. We had the very youngest who is looking a little scrawny eat one meal worm - but otherwise we checked them out by lifting the top and taking some photos. We also discovered the wings of a dragonfly - we guess they ate it up all by themselves :)
We also used a trick to help encourage the babies not to go out the front once the house was raised - we stuffed a sock in the hole which was attached to a long rope. We raised the house and let it stay for a moment, but the daddy was really in a hurry to come back in, so after a few minutes, we pulled the sock and the daddy flew in to check on everyone. They family chirped back and forth very happily.
Thank you Mrs. Lamberton and friends for stepping in and being part of the community that loves and cares for these littles birds! You ROCK!
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