This spring a family of Mockingbird made a nest right in the apricot tree. I’ve never seen a bird’s nest so close to our house before. Within a month the baby birds were big enough to fly off on their own.
Except they couldn’t fly on their own just yet. The two baby birds ended up on the lawn and was attempting to fly off. Since we have cats around, I didn’t put the babies back in the nest because they would have fell from it again. So I ended up putting them in a narrow box and hung it from a bigger tree.
The parent were able to locate their chicks with the chirping and was able to fly to the box and deliver food. Once the babies were big enough, which was within a few days, they all took off flying. Too bad I didn’t get the chance to photograph the baby birds, but they were very cute! Baby mockingbirds look like sparrows but have the long tails.
Northern mockingbird. Photo from Wikipedia by Ryan Hagerty. As nice as they look, they are one of the noisiest birds around.
This photo was taken a few weeks ago. Once the weather heats up, the fruits also begin to ripen. And June is the best time for apricot picking. Not just by me, but by the birds too.