Friday, May 13, 2016

Mama and Baby Pipe Birds

Rusty:  Bloggers have been asking for an update on the birds nesting in the pipe.  Marcus, you speak goose.  Do you also speak bird?

Marcus:  A goose is just a big bird with a built-in horn so he can honk the song of his people ... er, his gaggle.  So, yes, I speak bird fluently.

Micah:  Are the baby birds okay and still living in the pipe?  (Dedicated Determination and Cat in Hat with Scarf)

Marcus:  Yes, they are okay.  They tweet a "Hello, Marcus" at me every day or two.

Merci:  It sounds more like a "Mama, save us!" to me and Buddy.

Marcus:  That's because you don't speak their language.  Their mama thanked me for keeping such a watchful eye on them.

Buddy:  Is that what you call it when you practically drag us the last yards to the pipe - each direction!  

Marcus:  Last weekend we saw mama sitting on the pipe singing joyfully.  Jan was so afraid you guys would scare her away she stopped immediately and mama was just a blip in the picture.  Mama was gone before Jan could change the settings.

Rusty:  I bet you barked and scared her away, Marcus.

Merci:  Actually, Marcus has been quiet around the nursery.  

Marcus:  A few evenings ago, Mama was sitting on the pipe and flew into a tree when we approached.  She was small and hard to find to photograph.

Micah:  From what you've said, she'd have to be small for her and her babies to nest in a 2 inch wide pipe.

Rusty:  Is that picture for real?  It looks like wallpaper to me.

Merci:  Yes, it's real.  It was taken looking almost straight up at the evening sky.

Buddy:  This one is from the other day.  It's tough to get a picture looking down a dark pipe.

Marcus:  Here's another shot of mama.  Isn't she cute?  I keep waiting for those babies to accept my invitation to lunch.

Rusty:  Well, when they do, please let the rest of us know. We don't want to miss that meal.

Prayers requested for these sweet doggies, Luke/Benny and Cousin Andy.

You might remember Luke.  He lived with us for several weeks, was returned to his family, saved from there by Teresa, taken in by an Atlanta rescue and transported to New England where he went to live with Elise, Matt and his fur sister Rosie.

Last Saturday we learned Luke - now Benny! - has some health issues and was diagnosed with Lyme disease and with heartworms. 

Cousin Andy lives with Miss Teresa.  (Not Luke/Benny's Teresa)  We introduced him (Funny Farmers and Cousin Andy) in 2009.  Yesterday we learned he has been diagnosed with lymphoma.  Miss Teresa and Mr. Doug are heartsick.  They really love this little guy.  We do too.

We are joining the Pet Parade blog hop with hosts Rascal and RoccoBionic Basil, Barking From the Bayou and Owned by a Husky


  1. THAt is one talented Mama bird that can crawl down such a pipe to feed the babies. But how are THEY going to get out?

  2. Chickadees!!
    We sure hope they will be able to fly out of there!

    We're adding our POTP fur those pups.

  3. Hari OM
    Yup that confirms initial ID of chickadee!!! I think Jan did an excellent job of photographing.

    POTP as requested... hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xx

  4. wE are sending Luke/Benny POTP and Crossed Paws... heartworm AND Lyme Disease at the same time... that is NOT good...

    OMD those babies are soooo cute... and we like how their mom stays close to them.
    Do you suppose when they Sleep they have PIPE DREAMS?

  5. At first I thought you meant your Mama, Jan was sitting on the pipe singing :)
    I will add Luke and Benny to my prayer list.

  6. How ingenious Momma birdie found that pipe to raise her babies in!
    We will keep Luke and Benny on our purrs list.

  7. Oh, I am so sorry for the two darling doggies who are ill.

    And I am a bit worried for the babies down there getting bigger and perhaps not able to get out. Can birds fly straight up? Can the pipe be put on its side by the animal saving people just in case they can't get out? I'm a nervous Nellie, sorry but they are SOOO cute and I know Marcus will take good care of them...
    sort of.

  8. Awwww, we love little black-capped chickadees and have lots of them at our place. One of their favorite places to nest is in a vertical pipe. It is so much fun isn't it to watch them. Hope you get to see them when they leave the nest. You all are good doggies to help mama chickadee to watch over the pipe. Prayers for the sweeties that are needing them. Hugs and nose kisses

  9. You are doing a good job keeping an eye on the birdies
    Lily & Edward

  10. Mama Bird am birdies are doing goods! Thanks fur the photos... We iz purring fur Luke/Benny - furry scary to haz lyme disease and heartworms. Thank goodness heart worms are more curable in dogs than cats. Purrz from Katie Kat and Katie Kitty Too.

  11. I can't figure our how that bird chose to put her nest there, much less managed to build it and raise such cute babies in that pipe!
    So sorry to hear about Cousin Andy,

  12. Baby Birdies in a pipe...who knew a mommy bird would do that! And how will she gets them out when its time to teach them to fly?
    Wes will purrays for Luke/Benny - Lyme disease and heart worm is both so serious! ad We will purray hard for Andy too!
    Kisses to all of yous!
    Nellie Bellie

  13. aw... how sweet!
    Birdies are so cute when they a tiny.
    Have a great weekend...

    Noodle and crew

  14. Those chickadees sure are cute. We are glad the whole family is doing well.

    We remember Luke/Benny, and are sad that he has those health issues. And Cousin Andy, too. We are purring and praying for them both, and for their families.

  15. Mama bird knows that her babies will be safe in that pipe!
    We (and our human) thank you for your warm kind words on the sudden passing of our 19-year-old Tanya. It is comforting to know that you care and love animals just as much.
    Purrs, headbutts and hugs.

  16. We're glad that the Chickadees family is doing well. We send purrs to your friends. Purrs

  17. We had a chickadee family in our yard this year, too! The babies were sooooo noisy.

    Sending prayers for your friends 💜

  18. We is sending our purrs for Andy and Luke/Benny. We hope they both overcome their health issues.

    Those little birds wouldn't be more than mouthful for you Marcus. We think you should leave them for Rusty, er...leave them alone.

    Sasha, Sami, & Saku


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