One reason why I’ll never be famous — or two for Tuesday videos

Yesterday morning I wrote out a nice detailed to-do list that included items like clean off the top of my desk, update my Quickbooks file for Grote Ink, move furniture, buy paint, that sort of thing. No where on the list did it say videotape birds.

But the birds were singing and the mother wren and starling I’ve been watching were working hard making their seemingly unending round trips out to find food and back to the nest. I’ve tried to capture them with my still camera without much luck.

Starling leaving the nest after feeding babies.

I had a little better luck catching the house wren.

Wren constructing nest.

She’s carrying a twig in her beak for the nest, no doubt.

Wren constructing nest.

I think she’s having a bit of difficulty getting the twig through the small hole.

Wren constructing a nest.

Earlier I thought the chickadees were going to nest in this birdhouse. I caught photos of a chickadee checking it out. Not sure what happened, but clearly, the house wrens are living there now.

This first video is just a tad over 2 minutes. I edited it down from 18 minutes of shooting. In that time, the adult wrens visited the nest 9 times, although the first two times were fly-bys. I think they were afraid because I was outside. At a couple of places in the video you can see one bird waiting on a branch while the other goes in to feed the babies. I thought I heard the adult call to the babies and then they answered.

This is a 33 second video of a starling on her endless trek to and from the nest high up in a hole in the sycamore tree. A nest was here last year as well. I don’t know if there were more than one starlings feeding the babies, but I suspect there may have been.

I tried to get a video of the robin, but I ran out of disc space and then the battery died.

You don’t even want to know how long I spent video taping, editing, and posting these videos. If I told you, you probably wouldn’t believe it. If you did believe it,  you would think, why in the world would she spend so much time on that? A question I frequently ask myself. And one of the reasons I haven’t promoted my book, updated my book bank account, or done any of those things that I read I should be doing if I want to be a successful and/or famous author.

Oh. The robin’s back. And my camera’s charged. Gotta go.

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17 Comments on “One reason why I’ll never be famous — or two for Tuesday videos”

  1. Beth Ann says:

    Did you ever see the movie “Up”? All I could think of when I read this post was “Squirrel!!!”. Only in your case it is “Bird!!”. Loved the pics and the to do lists can always wait till tomorrow!!!

  2. I think it was well worth your time. Thank you for taking the hours necessary (or days) to edit this for us. How fun to witness these tiny pieces of nature.
    Hugs,
    Kathy

  3. jolinapetersheim says:

    Sometimes when I take a detour from my to-do list, I find that the next day I have more energy to tackle it. Your bird videos were worth it regardless. Thanks for sharing!

    • CMSmith says:

      You’re so wise. I actually wrote this on Monday, and today I have accomplished a ton of things on my list. Surprised myself. Thanks for stopping by. I’m sure life has just gotten exponentially busier for you.

  4. oh I am so selfishly thankful that you did not update Quickbooks files or move furniture but rather chose to spend your time sharing these wondrous moments with us.

  5. Linda Hoye says:

    Christine, I love this! I love that you took the time to appreciate the wonder of what was happening around you. And I love that you shared it with us.

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  7. Thanks for sharing the pics and video, Christine!

  8. pattisj says:

    I can lose a whole lot of time birdwatching. Enjoyed seeing yours. I’m pretty sure the little bird in the acorn house is a wren of some type. I love to watch them, so high energy, tails a-flitter.

    • CMSmith says:

      Did I call it a sparrow? You’re right. It’s a little house wren. I really need to study up on my small birds. I’m going to go edit my post. I probably have to edit my YouTube page too. Thanks.


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