A Little Sadness And A Lot Of Sweetness

Okay…let’s get the sadness out of the way first.
My Bluebird family of four has become a family of three as one of the babies seems to have met with a less than fortunate fate.  I know it happens, but I still get sad when one stops showing up.

The sweetness is that the remaining youngster is an absolute hoot to watch.
His parents clearly tell him to stay on the branch…


…which means that he will clearly ignore them and follow them to the feeders.


Most of the time he sits perched with his beak wide open, waiting to be fed.


Mom brings him a steady stream of mealworms…

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…and so does Dad.

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I had to laugh as I was watching this young fellow.  A Robin landed on the branch, sending Mom and Dad flying to shelter; but this little bird brain strutted toward the Robin with his beak open, expecting to be fed.



Instead, the Robin flapped him off the edge of the rail onto the deck below, leaving Junior wearing a “What in the world was that all about?” expression on his face.


There’s no denying that I have fallen head over heels for this sweetheart.  I keep telling myself not to get attached; but alas, it’s too late.  But really, who could resist such a cutie?


About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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33 Responses to A Little Sadness And A Lot Of Sweetness

  1. A mini Boobird! Great pics.

  2. Sheila Moss says:

    So sorry about the little birdie. Nature can be so hard at times. The robin story is cute. I know some birds lay their eggs in the nests of other birds and let them do the childcare. I guess Mr. Robin is not having it. LOL

  3. thesmilingpilgrim says:

    Love the birds!

  4. Your pictures tell a great story 🙂

  5. tybeetabby says:

    very impressive photos. thank you.

  6. Jodi says:

    again amazed at the amazing shots you capture and such a lovely little story (except for the loss 😦 ) Great post Kath!

  7. Love the Bluebirds! Hope the little ones is okay.

  8. aussiebirder says:

    How precious are your beautiful photos of your depiction of this beautiful bluebird family Kathy:-)

  9. de Wets Wild says:

    Such an endearing photoseries, Kathy!

    Luckily there’s a ready food supply “on tap”, otherwise poor mom and dad would struggle to feed this little glutton!

    • kathydoremus says:

      I make a clicking sound when I fill the feeders (I know, that’s weird!) and the Bluebirds have gotten so they fly right away to grab the mealworms for Junior!

  10. OMG. Kathy. Heart=broken! Oh but such lovely endearing photos of the rest of the family. Oh, must draw them. Goodness. Bless your soul. And theirs! ❤

  11. Denis1950 says:

    That is sad Kathy but reality in nature. I do everything to guard any fledglings in our yard but the predators are always so cunning. What are your main terrors?

    • kathydoremus says:

      Hawks, cats, and bigger birds. And honestly, I think the little Bluebird that didn’t make it was sick. I noticed that he hardly ever opened his eyes. 😦

  12. Bittersweet but oh he is a hoot. I love how all babies are so expressive. I think I’ve fallen in love with this chick too 🙂

  13. Junior learned an early life lesson there! How wonderful – your photographs really tell thye story, Kathy.

  14. Love the robin story and the expression on junior’s face! 🙂

  15. What a wonderful sighting of nature! He definitely is an irresistible cutie, I hope you continue to feature him, Kathy! 🙂

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