Pulled this one out of the archives because today I noticed that mama bird is back and working on her nest again...in the exact same spot...in my outdoor light fixture off my kitchen porch. As much as I love watching her work and sneaking peeks into her nest every now and again to see if I spot any eggs it's annoying because she won't let me sit out and enjoy my porch until the hatch-lings are big enough to fly the coop...which takes FOREVER!!! Also I just about have to wear a helmet and protective padding just to sneak peeks at the progress because she dive bombs me and attacks my hair the second she hears me crack open the door. This has been going on for years and years mind you. I can remember back several years ago attempting to just ignore her, stand my ground, sit at my table and read my Stephanie Plum book...she pooped on chapter 7.
Last year before I took this picture she laid 3 eggs and the next day when I was planning on taking pictures I stepped out there to find all the eggs missing, shell pieces scattered and the nest torn to shreds, I'm guessing a squirrel or raccoon :( She didn't let that hold her back...a day later she finished rebuilding a new nest and a later that week I found this...just one egg but it made me smile. It was a nice little reminder that Mama's and our determination always prevail :)