Step outside to witness new life and relief

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The world today can just be too crazy. With the US economy and politics, “wokeness” shoved down your throat in every issue, tensions in the Middle East and with Russia, and reading the news — it can just about drive you crazy.

How do I escape from it all? I enjoy reading and cooking. I also step outside to my backyard and enjoy nature.

For the second year in a row, we had two Goldfinch (I believe that is the species) nest in a backyard tree and have witnessed the birth of their babies. This could be the same pair from last year as they tend to be monogamous.

On Saturday the mama was sitting on our fence and we approached it as I thought it had a claw stuck in the wire around one of the posts. It managed to flutter a bit as we got closer and moved just a bit down the fence line. But I knew it was not okay. Then the Goldfinch ended up on the ground. We figured it must have flown into something and was “stunned” for a bit. We left a plate of water nearby, retreated, and prayed that the bird would recover.

And recover she did!

On Monday I saw two babies pop their heads up from the nest and in the afternoon they had managed to leave the nest for a nearby branch. From a good distance I was able to capture some photos:

Mama Goldfinch on the right, two babies to the left.

Closeup of the babies.

Both parents have been very protective of the babies, chirping whenever we (or our cats) get too close to the nest. The parents have even been “dive bombing” our cats on the back patio. Once I noticed this I’d go outside with the cats to deter the birds from coming too close to a cat and avoid being caught by one of them.

Baby Goldfinch, day two out of the nest.

As of today, the babies are still staying close to the nest. From what I’ve read, they’ll be around for another week or so before the family moves on.

It’s been a great distraction from the craziness in our world to be able to step out into the backyard and watch the new bird life. A much-needed and stress-relieving break!

DCG

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CalGirl
CalGirl
29 days ago

Uplifting!!! I just read a few days ago an article that said you should start your day in the morning with 20 or so minutes of sitting outside, watching the dawn and nature’s activities on our Earth. It’s supposed to be good for your health! It reminded me of a conversation I’d had years before with an older teaching colleague just before she retired, who told me that every morning she went out onto her back porch at dawn to “bathe” in the light and nature before coming to work….and that kept her positive and able to teach in a middle school into her 70’s 🙂 I’m a believer.

DrE
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DrE
29 days ago
Reply to  CalGirl

There’s plenty of scientific studies on how nature is beneficial to our mental health. Even looking at images of nature (pictures or videos) has the same salutory effect.

https://bodyandsoul.site/2024/03/plants-are-good-for-our-mental-health/

DrE
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DrE
29 days ago

Those gold finches are beautiful!

Many years ago, when I was living in another city and state, a fledgling finch had fallen from his nest. I took him in and nursed him in a little wire box that was on my kitchen counter next to the front metal screen door. On the third day, the fledgling was making loud chirping noises. I noticed four finches perched on a branch of the fir tree just outside my front door. His parents and two siblings had come to retrieve the fledgling! So I took the box out, and out flew the baby to join his family. Joy!

Gracie Storvika
Gracie Storvika
29 days ago

The miracle of our God’s creations is always astonishing. I was very surprised at how big the babies were. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful article.

Wendy
Wendy
28 days ago

Those are actually western kingbirds. I have recently watched a pair raise a family in my yard and they are fierce parents! God is good and the signs are all around us!

Wendy
Wendy
27 days ago
Reply to  DCG

You are most welcome! Keep watching and listening!
God Bless You, ~Wendy