Jul 092011
 

This post is third in a series I’m writing on Sparrow Hatchlings our family seems to have adopted over the last few weeks after a mama Sparrow laid eggs in a toy pail on our patio. Here are the first two posts so you can catch up: First Sparrow Hatchling! and Second Sparrow Hatchling has arrived!

Of the four eggs that were in the nest, three Sparrow hatchlings have come in to the world. Unfortunately, the fourth egg did not hatch and has since disappeared from the nest. We assume mama Sparrow has fed the egg to the other hatchlings.

These little ones get a tiny bit bigger every day. Just last week, they were only as big as the top of my pinky. They’re eyes weren’t open and they made no sound. They had no feathers on their bodies, but they each had a feather mohawk!

 

This week, their bodies are about as big as a Texas sized jelly bean! They’re growing feathers on their bodies, their eyes are starting to open and they are making little chirping sounds! Check out how awesome the beginning of those feathers look!


What hasn’t changed is that that the minute they sense or hear someone at the opening of their nest, each pops their head up, mouth wide open. When they realize it’s not mama back with food, they go back to sleep. It’s so funny! Here’s an image of three open mouths. Look closely and you’ll be able to see that their eyes are open.

It’s amazing having the privilege of seeing these littles ones develop!

Jul 032011
 

This post is second in a series I’m writing on Sparrow Hatchlings our family seems to have adopted over the last few weeks after a mama Sparrow laid eggs in a toy pail on our patio. Here is the first post if you missed it: First Sparrow Hatchling!

The second sparrow hatchling arrived into the world today. He looks a lot smaller in the photos below, but that may be because his body was still partially in the shell when my husband took the photos. The first hatchling seems to be doing well. Both have pink skin that’s paper thin with big eyes.

Mama Sparrow came back after about an hour yesterday, presumably to feed her little one. Today, the first shell is gone and we speculated that she must have eaten it. Sure enough, I did a bit of research and bird parents eat the shell not only for nutrition (lots of calcium!), but also to clean up the nest. How efficient is that?

Here’s the second little hatchling still in his shell. His sibling is right next to him on the right.

Here he is with his bottom half still in the shell.

Trying to sit up?

I’m hungry!

Where’s mama? I’m still hungry!

And here’s mama sitting on her babies, presumably to keep them warm.

Remember, the nest is in a small beach pail on a shelf on our patio. You can see the perspective of how small it is in the photo above, so you can imagine how tiny these babies are!

I’m so excited to be able to to document this wonderful experience!

Jul 022011
 

This post is first in a series I’m writing on Sparrow Hatchlings our family seems to have adopted over the last few weeks after a mama Sparrow laid eggs in a toy pail on our patio.

A couple of weeks ago, we discovered that a bird had laid four eggs inside an old toy, beach pail that was sitting on a shelf on the patio. These were tiny, speckled 3/4 inch eggs. My husband happened to see one day that it was a Sparrow because he caught her sitting on her eggs. Today, one of the eggs hatched so we have our first ever Sparrow hatchling. His eyes are HUGE, but covered with some kind of see through membrane. And, he has no feathers. I say he, but it could be a she! Anyway, here are a few pics of our first little hatchling.

Here it is still half in the shell.

Check out those big eyes!

 

I’m hungry!

 

I’m intrigued by the complexity of this nest. I can’t imagine how long it took that little mama bird to build it. And, papa bird would have had to sneak in and fertilize the eggs at some point too. How neat that our family gets to experience this story as it develops! I sure hope that this little family survives and thrives!