Monthly Justin: August!

Following our relaxing and wonderful two weeks at the Hemlocks, we returned to Salem for the rest of the summer.

Justin continued his baseball practice:

Swing and a miss!

Swing and a miss!

And posed for the camera:

Plotting-trouble smile!

Plotting-trouble smile!

No more photos, please!

No more photos, please!

Granddad also came for a quick visit to help clean out and rearrange a few rooms, including Justin’s new “big brother” bedroom:

Testing swing height effects

Testing swing height effects

A lot of trash gets hauled away...

A lot of trash gets hauled away…

Playing in his new room!

Playing in his new room!

Other fun was had too!

A trip to the theatre to see "The Three Pigs" with Violet!

A trip to the theatre to see “The Three Pigs” with Violet!

Spending a day as the "J-BOT 3000"

Spending a day as the “J-BOT 3000”

And, of course, Justin spent a lot of time helping us get the baby things ready for next month!

36 weeks (Justin took the photo!)

36 weeks (Justin took the photo!)

Baby bird update

The birds are continuing to grow and now make a lot of noise at feeding time (which is most of the day). If Mama or Daddy bird notices us watching the nest while the babies are up and chirping, they’ll make two ┬ávery quick chirps in a different voice than they usually use and the babies will immediately hide under the edge of the nest, perfectly quiet.

I suspect they’ll be grown and ready to fly while we’re on vacation. Hopefully an empty nest won’t be too hard to explain to Justin when we get back!

Mama and her hungry babies!

Mama and her hungry babies!

Bird family

Mama (brown) and Daddy (red) house finch keeping a watchful eye on us...

Mama (brown) and Daddy (red) house finch keeping a watchful eye on us...

 

We snuck a few pics at the baby birds today. They’re very cute – teeny tiny fuzzy balls with beaks as big as their heads. Also whenever we peak into the nest, the babies sense our shadows and start begging for food – they’re growing and hungry little fuzzy balls!

Justin is very careful to be quiet when we pass near them, since he’s decided they need to nap a lot (being babies). And he’s likes to watch to make sure Mama bird comes back when she flies away for a bit.

(And sorry for the weird photo quality – it was taken through both a screen and old glass!)

Nest update

There are now 4 eggs in the flower basket nest. I’d take another photo, but don’t want to startle Mama bird again. Looking up Mama & eggs online, it appears we have a little house finch family. Fun!

Nest

While watering our flowers today, Justin and I found a nest in one of the hanging baskets:

Eggs in a nest in a basket

Eggs in a nest in a basket

Mama bird watching me closely

Mama bird watching me closely

Basket and nest returned to their proper location.

Basket and nest returned to their proper location.

I tried to explain about keeping eggs in one basket, but Mama bird wasn’t having it…