Taking flight

I’ve been watching for a while. First, as the little bluetits explored their options, then as Mrs Bluetit decided against moving house, they began rebuilding, flying backwards and forwards with the materials they needed to make a soft, warm nest for their babies.

There was a bit of a lull then, as Mum got busy laying their eggs, while Dad defended their nest against all comers.

Now, the pair of them are running themselves ragged, cleaning the nest daily and making constant sorties, every few minutes, to bring food back for their babies.

They are far from tame, but totally unafraid of the strange creature with the camera. I don’t approach the nest, though there have been a couple of near misses as I have been walking close by as they come in to land. But they approach me, hunting grubs, seeds and small insects, with the desperation that is rendering Dad rather scruffy. He looks as if he has a ‘mohawk’ haircut half the time.

Sitting in a shady corner, they come to within a few feet as I click away, hoping to get the odd decent picture from a camera I don’t really aim… I am enjoying their presence too much.

In this time when so many things are in flux and there is so much fear and uncertainty in the world, these little creatures remind me that Nature is just doing what Nature does… and why should we humans accept her gifts yet think ourselves exempt from her claws.

In a few short weeks, the babies will leave the nest. Some may not make it… falling foul of cats, magpies and the myriad dangers the wide world holds for them. But some will thrive and with luck, we will see the fluffy, yellow-beaked chicks take their maiden flight. A tiny reminder that no matter what is going on around us, the cycle of life continues.


About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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33 Responses to Taking flight

  1. cindy knoke says:

    Such sweet captures Sue.


  2. Beautiful and so reminds me of Tit Terrace. We’d put up 3 boxes but only had one taken. The first year I counted 15 babies fledge from Tit 1. We had lodgers the following year too but not again. Wonderful to watch.


  3. jenanita01 says:

    Happy moments, Sue…


  4. Thank you so much Sue This is so interesting,. I am a confessed bird watcher who goes to remote places–ofetn swampy– on expeditions to find them in their beauty. Best wishes.


  5. Mary Smith says:

    Great, Sue. I love the mohawk – Dad certainly could do with a spa day πŸ™‚


  6. fransiweinstein says:

    Beautiful Sue. Hope you and your camera are around for the babies.


  7. Sadje says:

    Your words are so true. Amazing photos Sue.


  8. Jim Borden says:

    The wonders and beauties of nature…


  9. carasmelody says:

    I love the way you see the world. Thank you for this reminder!


  10. They’re cute! We have a robin couple who are hanging around in our cherry tree. I hope they do nest there, it would be cool to see!


  11. dgkaye says:

    It’s definitely a bird’s life. πŸ˜‰ xx


  12. These are wonderful photos, Sue. And Dad really does have a mohawk cut! Nature tends to ground us. Thanks for this most enjoyable post. ❀


  13. macjam47 says:

    These are encouraging words, Sue. Your photos are outstanding. Hugs.


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