Have you ever watched a baby bird fly from the nest for the first time?
For years now, we have had robins build nests in our yard. I love to watch as the mama comes and feeds her babies and I have always wanted the opportunity to watch them leave the nest for the first time.
And, the other day, I think I may have witnessed it. (To be fair, it may not have been the first time – I don’t know if babies return to the nest for a period of time after they have left it for the first time)
It was both terrifying and exhilarating and something that I would love to be able to see again and be sure of what I have seen – documenting it more fully.
We had two nests in our yard this spring and I had gotten some pictures of one of them and I was sad to see that one day, the birds were just gone and I hadn’t seen any indication of them leaving. It made me inexplicably sad. More sad than it probably should have.
So, then, before heading to grab dinner one night, I headed up to the second nest, which had younger looking birds and saw that there were still some birds in there.
And then, all of a sudden, without any warning at all, I saw a bird fly.
It was a bit wild and uncontrolled and the bird flew right into a tree. From there, it seemed to get stuck and I was so worried about it for a moment. But it calmed down and stayed in the tree for a bit. I left before it moved again. And, I’m not sure if I’ve seen it since or not.
To see that was a wonderful experience. I was so glad to be able to see it and have the chance to really get to watch it leave for the first time and I couldn’t believe it. I loved it so much. And I definitely want to see it again.
And I was rooting for that bird the entire time! The entire time. I wanted it to succeed.
Have you ever watched birds grow in the nest? How did you feel? Do you root for them?