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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Shameless Hussy~ a truly funny "tail"

As most of you know, I have been on a bloggy break due to my in laws visiting and the need to study for my upcoming finals. But I had to share this hilarious story.
One of the cleaning tasks that I wanted to accomplish before their arrival was to scrub the back patio where Lil' Mama had made her nest so we could once again enjoy the backyard.


Last Monday sweet baby Edith left the nest for good. I waited until Wednesday to begin my cleaning just to make sure. I spent several hours scrubbing down the chandelier, the patio, the table, four chairs and washed all the cushions on the chairs.

I gently took down the nest and placed it into a Ziploc so that we could save it as a memento. I left the Ziploc on top of the patio table and came inside to begin tackling the rest of the house.

On Thursday morning I was in the kitchen (located near the patio door) dusting the baseboards when I heard the familiar whir of hummingbird wings. I thought "Oh someone has come back to say "Hi". Through the patio screen I saw Lil' Mama up on top of the chandelier. She was hopping around and then jumped down to the baggie that contained her nest.

She pecked at it.

If ever a bird could look confused it was Lil' Mama at that moment.

She turned and saw me through the screen and flew over. She began to make small flitter and darting movements around my face area. At the same time she made an angry chirping noise.

Yes, in essence I was "chirped out" by a bird. I got the message.


She spent the next three days rebuilding her nest in the exact same location. We decided to change her name from Lil' Mama to Shameless Hussy. Mr. Decor checked the nest yesterday and found one egg. I guess this means......




There will be a Rocky II.

39 comments :

Allidink said...

Aw do you miss your little birdie buddies? They were so cute!

All the best,
Allison

Kirsty said...

Hilarious, love the imagery you captured. She obviously thinks your home is prime real estate. Quite a compliment! Good luck on your exam :)

Kathy said...

What a great story. Now you'll have another nest to add to your collection.

Allidink said...

I commented before when it was still a test post and just the picture! That is hilarious! I can't believe she chirped you out! Birds are so smart! That is so funny that she came back. She loves you guys :)

All the best,
Allison

Lorrie said...

That is hilarious! Best of luck on your exams - I'm in the midst of some as well.

Lorrie

Anonymous said...

This was a great little story and it was relayed like a true story teller. I loved it. From now on you had best leave those bird nests alone. Who knows you might find yourself the heroine in an Alfred Hitchcock movie ... remember ... The Birds?

Bonnie said...

That is hysterical!! And for her to "know" you did it!! Great story.

Mary Grace McNamara said...

That is pretty funny! Even without words, or hands to gesture, that bird sure got her point across! You didn't really think that lovely outdoor area was for YOU to enjoy, did you?

MGM

Lisa said...

I don't blame her for being upset - I wouldn't want to leave your house either :)

Good luck with your finals - one down for me and one to go.

We should celebrate next week when we're all finished!

Lisa

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

What a sweet story! Glad to know she got it back together. Hope you're having a great break!

FROGGITY! said...

funny story!!! also great photos. :)

Muthering Heights said...

LOL, I'm sure she was thinking, "What?? I have to start all over??"

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

You have a gift! What a wonderful story, told beautifully. I will never touch a nest til fall again, hee hee.
Blessings,
Amy

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Awww, Laura, I love your hummingbird story. You tell a tale so well.

Joy said...

Looks like she ain't going anywhere anytime soon!

Liz said...

How Funny! Well you can't fool Mother Nature. :) Congratulations on the new additions :) LOL
~Liz

P.S. Good luck with the finals!

Jen said...

Ok Laura, that is tailarous. A bird that understands how to communicate with humans. And gets the message across. Fair warning: A broody female is not to be trifled with! So how do the nest and bird feathers match with the patio decor?
Happy Finals Finale! I remember the days - almost with longing - I wouldnt mind being that young again.

I know you are going to do well.
Keep us posted. The bloggy world awaits your further success.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

How cool, another egg!

perilloparodies said...

Hah-hah-hah!!! What a personality! What a gorgeous little lady she is, too!! A fun one! Thanks...

Shimmy Mom said...

Looks like you'll have another little one soon. Too funny!
Have a great weekend with your company.
*hugs*

Carrie said...

What a precious story! She wanted to start another nesting cycle in the same place! When will you be able to use your patio?/

Alicia Robbins said...

Oh Laura,
I loved that post what a funny little bird she is!!!! Anyone who doesn't think that animals communicate just hasn't spent enough time paying attention to them.
You are truly a kindred animal whispere.
Have a Lovely Day~
Alicia

Really Rainey said...

I love that hummer story! And your hummingbird photos are incredible! Have fun sharing your patio this summer! Take lots of photos...
~Really Rainey~

Jade Creative said...

Lol.....How cute!
This is so amazing, nature is incredible.
Congratulations!
Darlene

DesignTies said...

I guess Shameless Hussy likes the neighbourhood :-) Well, it could be worse -- better hummingbirds living in your chandelier than a skunk living under the deck!! :-)

Your line about being "chirped out" bu a bird made me laugh :-)

Kelly @ DesignTies

bettyann said...

oh so cute..lil mama is sure happy having babies at your place!!

Becky said...

Oh.....Those are beautiful!!!! Great photos!!!!

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Tea Time With Melody said...

This was just too cute. And the fact that she laid her egg in the rebuilt nest is amazing! What trust she had in you or maybe she thought your scolding was enough. What fun it would be to know what she really said.....

rosecottagegardensandfarm said...

I am so glad you shared more tales about the hummies! What a treat to have such house guests, even though mama was a bit put out by all your fluffing! Now, another family to watch and leave the nest! So amazing...

Hope your studies are going well!

Happy May Day,
Debbykay at Rose Cottage Gardens and Farm

Kris said...

Great story and I'm looking forward to Rocky 2.

Good luck on the finals.

Kris

Jorgelina said...

Hi!!
What a great story.
I love hummingbird,so cute.
Hugs

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Love the way you wrote about this! So funny! AWWW, another birth in the family. Great pictures too. laurie

Robin said...

Oh my gosh......to think she recognizes you and isn't afraid of you; to fly right up to you and tell you off like that.....so amazing.
So.....have you thought about moving your table out onto the lawn? :-)

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Hope your weekend is beautiful.....

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Laura,

What a sweet story of your Hummingbird guest.

Much luck with your exams.

Hugs
Carolyn

Elizabeth G. said...

What a wonderful story! What little cutie is the mother. You will have so much fun watching the whole process over again. Lucky!

I hope you have a wonderful Sunday1
Elizabeth

TattingChic said...

OMGosh! That is so funny! Poor lil' hummingbird had to build a new nest! She had to hang on to that egg for 3 more days while she built the new one! What a cute story! :)

Cat said...

Oh, this is wonderful.. Gotta love that name.. Only one egg?

TheSingingBird said...

What a wonderful way to be scolded! :)

Thanks for sharing.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Laura, from what I've read they continue to return year after year to the same spot. That's funny that she blessed you out! LOL! Glad she got her nest in order for Rocky II.

XO,

Sheila :-)