When I came back very briefly from Japan in May 2005 I noticed a nest up in the eaves just below my roofline. It was a perfect birdnest but due to being overwhelmed with jetlag and getting the cats vaccinated and redstamped to fly back to Japan with me I didn't take much more notice.
Last year the nest was still there - it is a very sheltered location way up high and hard to notice unless you are a human and are inspecting your house for peeling paint.
This year I think I'm looking more to the sky and less to the ground and so I noticed when I saw robin activity - a couple who flew in and out and in and out. My hopes were high for this 2 year old nest. Soon the female started spending much more time in the nest. A week or so ago there was again constant activity and when I saw one of the parents fly in with a beakful of worms I knew the eggs had hatched but it's so high up I couldn't really see anything.
Two days ago I thought I saw some fuzzy grey feathers and so got my video camera out. I have only had this video camera about 3 weeks now. I bought it so completely cheap on woot.com during the last woot off and I have not used it much but have not regretted a moment of having it. It's a JVC mini DV recorder and I love it - it's almost as small as my 3 1/2 year old sony digital camera! NOTE TO SELF: Get about 3 extra batteries for it in case of travel.
Anyway, yesterday I shot a little of the 4 baby robins kind of hanging over the edge of the nest but about 30 minutes ago I noticed the mom and dad flying in and out and so grabbed the camera and planted myself and I got the most incredible footage (I'm talking like Spielberg now right?) of both parents swooping in and shoving huge clumps of worms down the throats of their young!
I have always thought I should have been an anthropologist/historian/midwife/landscape designer/dolphin trainer/interior designer/veterinarian/tap dancer/country music singer/lapdancer (yeah right) . . . now I think I should add nature documentary filmaker to that endless list. I used to think my list of interests made me flighty. Now I think it makes me well-rounded and whole.
Thursday, April 19, 2007