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Friday, March 20, 2009

Hummingbird Happiness

Through the magic of "Post Options" I am able to wish you all a very "Happy Spring" while on my bloggy break.

This is currently the view from our back door featuring a very dirty patio chandelier that hangs above our patio table. I had set out to do a bit of spring cleaning earlier in the week and found a little something that said it would have to wait. (Oh darn!)




The following images feature a different angle taken through the glass doors. The quality is a bit poor, but I know you forgive me as you probably wouldn't want to disturb such a wee mother either.




Yes, a hummingbird has created the tiniest nest imaginable on top of our chandelier. (My kind of bird!) Sweet boy has christened her "Lil' Mama".



The back door has become off limits for the next 40 days as we want Lil’ Mama to feel secure. She doesn’t seem to mind when I open the door a crack and let Rudi the doxie out. (Maybe because he is so low to the ground~smile.) But, she does panic if we try to step outside. Luckily, we have access to the back yard via the garge that we can use.


What a blessing it is to enjoy such a wonderful creature everyday.
I'll keep you posted on Lil' Mama's progress when I return from my bloggy break on Friday, March 27th with a Friday Freebie.

75 comments :

Mildred said...

How blessed you and your family are to have such a tiny guest. I've never seen a humingbird nest in person. This will be fascinating to follow through your posts. Enjoy your break - it is well deserved.

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Thanks for stopping by and leaving such sweet words. How lucky to have a hummer right by the house. I am intending that I have this happen for me too this Spring. The nest looks like it might be made of feathers? Wonder how they make their nests?
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Lisa said...

How sweet!

We had some birds nest in our hanging petunia baskets last spring. We couldn't water the plants for fear of drowning the babies, but it was worth it.

Keep us posted on how Lil' Mama does.

Lisa

Kirsty said...

Oh what a completely delightful photo-and so perfect for the first day of Spring! (Loving your chandelier too :)
I am having a Spring Fling at my blog today with a pretty fabulous giveaway (if I do say so ;)so stop by for a chance to win!!

HAPPPY SPRING!!! :) :)

Linda said...

I love the new look to your blog and that's amazing about the Hummingbird -- First of all, Hummingbirds don't visit our area of the country until much, much later -- in late May or June. And secondly, I've never seen them build a nest so close to the house, in fact, I've never even seen them in a nest. They flit about near the feeder but they're always very nervous and never come too close to us. Hope you're having a marvelous break! :)

Jade Creative said...

I like your chandelier, but the humming bird is the sweetest thing. I'm with you on this. It will be such a joy watching the progress of this wee mother.

Have a great day and Happy Spring!

Darlene

ShabbyInTheCity said...

I've turned my blog off...please don't think I've blocked you, okay? I may return soon :)

Lynette said...

woooot what a blessing of nature
i am jealous
please share!

Carrie said...

How neat!! That mama bird would be fun to watch. Pretty chandelier.

Altered Artists said...

Oh how adorable! My Mom had a hummingbird nest on her patio a few years ago. It is delightful to watch. Keep us updated!
~Dawn

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

We get hummingbirds on our back deck a lot but I don't think I've ever seen an actual hummingbird nest around here. How fun! And I love the chandelier.

Enjoy your bloggy break! :-)

Songbirdtiff said...

My goodness, she is BEAUTIFUL! You have got yourself a gift there, lady. Seeing that little nest would be a wonderful way to start the day. A few years ago, a momma robin set up her nest in our basketball goal, which is outside my bathroom window. For weeks, every morning I would get up in the morning excited to see her. I loved watching her feed the babies, and eventually they all safely left the nest. I was kind of sad to know they were gone, but such a blessing to see those little ones grow.

Elizabeth said...

I'd move in, too, if I had access to such a lovely home!

Roxane said...

Oh my goodness! How adorable is that little hummingbird. I only saw one for the first time last summer. They are awesome!

Kimberly said...

Oh my goodness, that is too sweet! Thank you for sharing it with us!

Teresa said...

How sweet- I love Hummingbirds- I've never known them to nest so close to a home- she must feel the love there =}

Cat said...

What a joy to have Lil' Mama in ur own back yard.. That is really Amazing..Thank you so much for sharing, looking forward to more photos.. I've only seen photos of hummy's nest, never a real one.. You are Blessed..

Have a nice break..

Lorrie said...

That little mama hummingbird has excellent decorating taste! What a beautiful place to build a nest. Enjoy the unfolding spring!

Lorrie

Heather said...

That's so awesome!

Miss Eve Bognar said...

Beautiful blog...Enjoy spring. Love: Evi

Marie said...

J'adore your outdoor chandelier! I luv hanging them outdoors too. And j'adore "Decor to Adore", such a catchy name :) Bon week-end!
-marie

Liz said...

Enjoy your break! Come by and post a comment on my 100th though...:)

That is just the most precious thing ever! I don't know why they do that though... We had one in our ficus tree....where? Right by the front door! They are adorable. What a marvel!

~Liz

PamperingBeki said...

My goodness, that's beautiful!

LOOOOVE all the sparkly crystals.

Kristen said...

Oh wow...you are already seeing hummers and she has felt safe enough to build a nest at your home!

I really like the patio chandelier dirty or not...I need to fix up my screened in porch and fins a pretty chandelier

Happy Spring!

Jenny said...

How adorable! We get hummingbirds every now and then, but I've never seen a nest.

That is so special!

I love your chandelier too!

Love Where You Live said...

This is the best thing I've ever seen! You're so lucky to have such a friend in your backyard, feeling all safe and snug. Wonderful. Thanks for sharing, -susan

Liz@Violet Posy said...

Oh bless her, she's got fabulous taste :) Happy Spring!

Heather ~Pretty Petals said...

ohhh look at that sweet lil mama!! I love watching the birds... and they are SO busy this time of year. listening to them makes you feel like I need to get busy sprucing and cleaning. lol

xo Heather

Gennaro said...

Beautiful chandelier and that hummingbird is the perfect sign of Spring. Finally!

Chari said...

Hello Laura...

Just wanted to stop by and say thank you for visiting my Spring & Green tablescape...I sure do appreciate you kind comments!

Ohhh my, what a Spring treat...to have a little mama hummingbird nest on your beautiful chandelier! She definitely has good taste...bet she feels like she is in a castle!!! Thank you for sharing...a sweet reminder of the beauty of Spring!

Warmest wishes,
Chari

Carrie said...

What a sweet tiny nest! So is Lil' Mama... I look forward to your updates.

Kim @ Forever Wherever said...

How wonderful! What a Spring treat for sure. Love the chandelier!
Happy Spring!
~Kim

annie said...

What a great idea. It looks so lovely.

Lauren said...

Love the chandy and the cute birdie!

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

I have a porch candolier over my bistro table. When I first put it up, I used tapers. What a mistake! The candles melted down all over the wrought iron and even onto the table. Then I went out and purchased the votive cups. That worked a lot better. I love the look of candlelight in a warm summer evening.

Shimmy Mom said...

That is the sweetest thing. I do wish Lil Mama the best of luck.
I have a friend who had a bird make a nest in a wreath on her front door. They had to avoid using their front door for weeks. But what a great learning experience for your kids.

*hugs*

DesignTies said...

The hummingbird is a great little addition to your chandelier :-) And good on you for being careful to keep her safe and happy :-)

Keep us posted on how she's doing....

Kelly @ DesignTies

Robin said...

*gasp* I am thoroughly jealous!

I adore hummingbirds.

I Look forward to seeing a little more of them in the next few weeks.

Miss Sandy said...

Happy Spring to you in return! Lil' Mama knows swank digs when she sees them! How wonderful to be able to watch her.

Beth at Aunties said...

How adorable. They entertain us nad we feed them all summer. But I never seen their cute little nests:) I won't be long before they fly north again!

Thanks for showing and I hope you are having a great time!

Cynthia said...

Thanks for your nice comments, your blog is beautiful and so is the chandelier. cindy

Lady Dorothy said...

How absolutely adorable!

Thank you for sharing her sweetness with us!

Coastal Sisters said...

Oh Laura....how sweet and precious that you have a tiny guest you are showering with your love and protection :)

Happy Friday!

Love,
LuLu~*xoxo

Allidink said...

Oooo! That is so pretty :) I can't believe it perched it's nest there. That's amazing!

All the best,
Allison

Susie Q said...

Goodness, it's so tiny. It actually looks fake! I know that it's not but wow!

When we go up to the mountains in the summer and sit out on the TINY deck, we can actually get divebombed by the silly things.

ceekay said...

I LOVE this! I have tried so hard to get hummingbirds. I have the feeder, the plants, but no birds. And the sweetest thing...after she leaves the nest...you get to keep it!!!! Yeah...how sweet is that!

Marianne said...

It's so cute. I am looking forward to you report on the progress!
Take care,
Marianne.

Mitz said...

Laura,
Thank you so much for posting this. We look forward to the hummingbirds in late Apr. in Ohio. I have seen the nests but only after our shrubs lose their leaves in the fall. We have actually held these amazing creatures! They get into our garage and become so exhausted trying to get out, that we have to pick them up and help them drink out of the feeder until they get their energy back and they fly away.
I'll be watching for updates!
Mitz

ScrappinAway said...

Ohh, that brings tears to eyes. I did not realize their nests would be so tiny! What a great treat for you and your family!

rosecottagegardensandfarm said...

What a special gift you have visiting you! What joy it will be to watch the babies grow!

Beautiful blog!!

Debbykay

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

That is the teeniest most perfect little nest I have ever seen!! Lucky you!!

Kitty Scraps said...

Miz Laura,
How amazing! I've never seen one of their nests before, so very tiny. It will be fun to get updates on your little momma *smiles*

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

How thoughtful you are of the little mama hummingbird's feelings of security. My seven year old grandson would very much approve. He doesn't like to see a single living thing in any kind of distress. He cried unconsolably when his mother had to call the bug man because of cockroaches.

Stephanie O. said...

Love these photos. The bird's nest is especially sweet!

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

That is so sweet that she made a nest on your chandelier! That's a bird with great taste!!! It's so amazing that she could build it well enough on such a small ledge!

Joy said...

Could hummingbirds BE any more amazing? What a wonderful gift to have one nest where you could see her and photograph her. I am in awe.

Kim - said...

I'm in love with pears too!

I always want to see a hummingbirds nest. So sweet!

Mary Beth said...

What an enchanting combination...I feel like I am in a fairy tale when I come to your web "home".

Draffin Bears said...

How very lovely Laura to have such a tiny, sweet guest.
There is something so neat about a little bird and nest.

I look forward to coming back to hear about the progress.

Happy Spring day to you.

Hugs
Carolyn

ps. It is just coming into Autumn here.

Liz said...

Hi Laura!
Thanks for participating in my giveaway... I pick the winner Friday and post it Saturday.
Have a great Sunday!
~Liz

~♥~ Monica S said...

Oh my goodness Lil'Mama is so cute!!! VERY very CUTE!! We don't have hummingbirds over here.. and I am VERY fascinated by them!

HAve a wonderful bloggy-break!
MOnica

Mary said...

Awww. Joy sent me here. I'm so glad she did! Thank you for sharing something so special... I will be back to watch little mother's progress. How exciting!

Our hummingbirds have not arrived yet. I might see one in about three weeks and I can't wait!

You have a beautiful blog!

Mary

Tina- said...

how very neat!

Pretty Organizer said...

Beautiful! I love crystals and birds. I've never seen them together!

Just a quick reminder about my Toile party on Tuesday. Hoping you have something you could share. Look forward to seeing you!

Shannon @ Silver Trappings said...

What fun! Thanks for the great pictures. I hope you are able to get some pictures of the babies!

Shannon

henzy said...

very nice

Em @ Bunch of Scrap said...

That is so awesome! I wish a little hummer would do that in my yard! Maybe they have but I just didn't see the nest because we have a resident hummer around here. My dogs don't bother him at all :) So cute! Have fun on your vacation!

Hudson Goods said...

nature is beautiful, love this!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh, she is picture perfect! She almost doesn't look real. She sure has great taste! If I were a bird, I'd love to have a home on that pretty chandelier! laurie

Kathryn said...

You've a really beautiful blog here, & absolutely beautiful pics. I found you thru someone doing the Ultimate Blog Party.

This is just stunning how you have it set up.

Mimi Sue said...

Such a sweet little birdie. Let us know how things work out. Mimi

The Berry's Patch said...

That is precious!! My son and I saw a baby hummingbird the other day. We were in shock, it was so tiny.

Love your blog look.

Tori C. (The Sweet Jelly Bean) said...

So CUTE!

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Richard & Marilyn said...

Thank you for giving "mom" her space and letting her share your chandelier. Posting your photos are a real treat for those of us who love the little hummers.