Mrs Sunbird sits tight

There’s a little curved beak poking out of the door of Casa Sunbird.

Mrs Sunbird is sitting on her nest. If she’s finished laying, there will be two little greyish eggs in there, kept snug against her yellow tummy. It takes about 2 weeks from when she starts to sit till they hatch, but typically, not every egg laid hatches, so we shall wait and see.

mrs-sunbird-at-workAs you can see if you click and zoom on the image, the nest is right next to the door, and she’s not tame enough to sit whilst people go in and out, so we and our visitors are using the back door or going in through the garage.

One day soon, there’ll be a couple of gaping beaks in there, and the noise quotient will escalate noticeably!


40 thoughts on “Mrs Sunbird sits tight

  1. ladyredspecs says:

    Exciting times at Casa Chiconi with the imminent arrival of two little ones. Mama/Papa Sunbird obviously felt at home and secure by your front door

    • katechiconi says:

      She doesn’t like it when we come too close, but building the nest that close to the house does seem to indicate a fair degree of confidence that we won’t harm her. I hope the nest survives the storms we’re due the rest of this week…

    • katechiconi says:

      I have to restrain myself from sitting there watching her for hours. There’s not a lot going on, but I don’t want to miss anything! I haven’t managed to catch Mr Sunbird bringing her lunch as yet, but I have hopes…

  2. craftycreeky says:

    One year wrens nested just above our backdoor under the carport, not sure if you have wrens but they are one of our tiniest birds but have one of the loudest songs, dawn chorus was very noisy when they all hatched, it seemed to magnify under the carport 🙂

  3. what kind of storms? 😦

  4. Like a human baby, I am sure your new wee visitors will be lovely little time wasters. How very brave of that mumma bird, she must sense your good vibes.

    • katechiconi says:

      There’ll probably be a lot of hanging around trying to catch a glimpse. She’s a brave creature to hang in there, we’re having such a storm tonight that nest is going to be waving like laundry on the line in a gale…

  5. Really hope she raises a successful family… I do wonder why she chose such an exposed location… good food I guess

    • katechiconi says:

      Yes, lots of food would be one reason. They’re notorious for building in odd places; people have had their porches, washing lines and fruit trees hijacked, so I guess my string of fairly lights isn’t that strange…

  6. Keeping fingers crossed.

    • katechiconi says:

      Yes, me too, especially in this torrential rain we’re having right now…

      • The weather is weird everywhere this year.

      • katechiconi says:

        It’s the Wet here, monsoon season, so torrential rain is pretty normal for the time of year. I find it a bit depressing… but it’s the natural order.

      • We used to have monsoon’s in Arizona. You could almost clock them each day. The rain comes so fast, the ground can’t absorb it. Such a waste of good water. 😦

      • katechiconi says:

        There are loads of water catchment basins all around us, where the rain can run off the fields and roads and be held there, to be absorbed slowly and safely without running out to sea, carrying topsoil with it. Sounds like you understand what our rains are like, when the air is just white with water!

      • Since I’ve lived all over the world and all over this country, I’ve managed to experience all of it. Hurricanes, earthquakes, tornado’s, monsoons, lightning storms, deep snow, white- outs while driving, the whole of what mother nature has to offer. I do understand. I would like a water catchment system for my house. We get lots of rain in winter, nothing in summer. Stay dry. Kate.

  7. You will have some fun looking out your door this spring to watch the babies

  8. Sunbirds choose nesting spots for maximum human inconvenience on purpose. Each nesting site is a nomination for Most Exemplary Human. Voting is very loud and goes on for some time, although we are sadly not conversant in their language and can’t make out all the grandiose compliments and (more humorously) scandalous slander that goes on due to a highly complicated point system. Congratulations on your nomination. I have no doubt you and the spouse will be winners!

  9. dayphoto says:

    She didn’t pick a very good spot. But you care so she and the chicks will be protected. I suspect the little chicks will not be afraid of people.

  10. kathyreeves says:

    So much fun to watch! We sometimes get a robin family in the spring, birds are just amazing creatures!

    • katechiconi says:

      I love watching birds, always so hopeful, so energetic and optimistic. It’s a little heartbreaking when they don’t manage to raise their babies, so I have everything crossed!

  11. It’s lovely when the birds grace us with their presence, I never cease to wonder how at home they are in our environs… or with us in theirs 🐦

  12. […] a family in her nest, hanging just outside Kate’s back door. There’s a photo of it here. I was delighted when Kate sent the nest to […]

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