Surviving and Thriving

I found a dead bird floating in our pool on Friday.

I freaked out.

(Thank God for chlorine to kill gross germs.)

I knew, instantly, it wasn't one of the babies from the nest because it was too big.

I was freaking out for quite awhile.  Did I mention DEAD bird in the pool?

I was worried it might be Phoebe.  (It was too water-soaked to tell.)

The water-soaked part made me freak out even more.

I made a MALE person get it out of the pool.  

I know that sounds sexist, but ….

I worried about  the.dead.bird.in.the.pool  possibly being Phoebe for a full 24 hours.

The next day I reluctantly finally spent some time in the pool.

I admit, I waited awhile because I was very freaked out I wanted to be sure the chlorine had killed any gross, disgusting, nasty stuff from  the.dead.bird.in.the.pool.

I might have been drinking wine with Nike in the meantime.

I know it's ridiculous, but I've gotten attached to a bird family.

Phoebe and her mate showed up the instant I got near the pool the next day.  They both chirped incessantly at me while I swam.

I was relieved to see them.

Phoebe's babies are also doing great.

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They don't really fit in their nest anymore.

(I feel sorry for the one getting squished at the bottom.)

Ever since I took this photo I keep catching myself singing that old Steve Miller song …

Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin' 
Into the future 
Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin' 
Into the future 

I want to fly like an eagle 
To the sea 
Fly like an eagle 
Let my spirit carry me 
I want to fly like an eagle 
Till I'm free 

© Twenty Four At Heart

5 Responses to “Surviving and Thriving”

  1. donna

    Ewwwwww! Poor thing even has his cute little eye open! It’d take a while for me to want tok be back in the pool too!
    Funny post!

  2. Catch the Kids

    So relieved too! We’ve been watching a spider with an egg sac in the garden. It’s been fascinating. But today, she was just a little papery husk in the bushes under the web. Boo! Nature can be cruel.

  3. Joanne

    I worry a little about her babies when they fledge. sometimes they take a fall or two before they get it right. Will they fall in the water if they fall out of the nest??

  4. karen

    I love that song, brings back memories…
    And these photos are terrific! I’ve got a mother Robin who has picked the stupidest place to put her nest here at This old house. I had to remedy the location alittle with some protection, we’ll see if it helps.

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