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  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

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.

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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