Worth three in the bush

Do you know the proverb?

‘A bird in the hand is worth three in the bush’. In this case, I’m changing it to ‘A bird on the nest gains three in the bush’. Yes, you read that right. Mr and Mrs W. Wagtail joyfully announce the arrival of three little Wagtails, Li’l Willie, Wally and Willow. I have no way of knowing if I have chosen appropriate names, because at the moment, they’re just three tiny gaping beaks appearing over the edge of the nest when Mrs Wagtail takes a break to go hunting or find a drink. Mr Wagtail is kept incredibly busy decimating the local insect population.

If you look carefully at the photo, you’ll see a tiny black point appearing from Mrs Wagtail’s silhouette, just below her head. That’s a baby wagtail beak. She’s very, very protective, and I haven’t yet been able to get close enough to take a photo of them alone, without her. Soon enough, they’ll grow larger and will be much more visible.

I think the Husband will have to put off mowing around that particular tree, or he’ll disturb them badly. The branches are low, and he is tall, so it’ll just have to wait.

I’m sure he’ll be devastated about that…

35 thoughts on “Worth three in the bush

  1. cedar51 says:

    that’s so cool for you – keeping you on your toes/lenses waiting to find when they are big enough not to be in the nest…

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s going to get very crowded in there; the nest is the size of a large egg cup and Mrs Wagtail fills it. Once those babies get only a bit larger, there’ll be no space for her any more!

  2. Emmely says:

    I know it as “beter 1 vogel in de hand dan 10 in de lucht”. So fun to be able to observe them on their nest! We have a feeder for small birds in our garden and every time a bird finds it it’s a delight to watch.

  3. nanacathy2 says:

    How exciting- I could see the Baby Beak- look forward to more pictures.

  4. Those birds are a delight!

  5. Sharon says:

    so exciting and I love the names you choose 🙂

  6. Dayphoto says:

    How Exciting! BABIES!!!!

  7. kathyreeves says:

    Looking forward to updates on these babies!

  8. Delightful. Willys often come back each year… could be the start of something 🐦

  9. Marty K says:

    Yay! Hoping there will be three healthy fledges! I’m glad that your husband is willing to forego his favorite mowing activities in deference to the little family — that must have been a hard sell. 😉

    • katechiconi says:

      You have no idea…. “Please don’t mow the front yard” “OK… why?” “The nest, the chicks” “OK. I *suppose* I can give it a bit longer (Deep sigh. Goes back to Googling something on his laptop)”

  10. That is a most exciting holiday gift! I couldn’t see anything but wouldn’t be able to if I was standing there. ;/ I’m excited for you though. I love the idea of a new bird family. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  11. magpiesue says:

    So exciting! Yuletide babies! Looking forward to the updates. 😀

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s an excellent time of year for bird babies; warm, lots of insects, ample water. All wrong for the northern hemisphere, but for us Yule is not cool, it’s hot!

  12. Steph says:

    I love Willy Wagtails! I’ve read that an indigenous name for them is Djitta Djitta/ Djitty Djitty, and they are known as gossipers/trouble-makers!

  13. What a treat, Kate, to have a busy nest nearby!

    • katechiconi says:

      It is! I’m being super-careful not to walk too close and to make a small detour when Mouse and I come back from our walk; normally we’d pass directly beside that tree, but now we’re going wide. They’re very bold, but I don’t want to stress them unnecessarily.

  14. tialys says:

    Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Wagtail. This bird watching business is getting addictive. I was taking photos yesterday and almost ordered a book on Amazon to log the different ones we see. Of course it’s not ‘baby bird season’ here yet and I do worry about the cats we’ve introduced into the neighbourhood. Since they’ve acclimatised and are allowed out again, I’ve only been letting them out after dark and getting them in again before we go to bed which won’t be so easy in the lighter Summer months.

    • katechiconi says:

      The little things are fun to watch. I log the ones I see in my bird book, but I’m not so driven that I have to put the date and time, or anything like that. I wouldn’t worry too much about the cats. Yes, they’re a risk, but UK native birds face native pests just as if not more dangerous. Here, there are no natural predators apart from those in the air and birds are correspondingly more at risk from introduced animals.

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