Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Where is the mother bird?

At the beginning of June, I found a speckled egg, crushed and on the ground out by the peony bushes. When I looked up into the tree, I saw a female cardinal sitting on a rather shabby-looking nest. Sometime over the weekend, the remaining eggs hatched. I could see little fuzzy chirping things in the nest. But I didn’t see the mother bird. She’s been there pretty much constantly for a month, and now I haven’t seen her at all for about 2 days. I am getting really worried about the baby birds. I just tiptoed out to see if the mother had returned, and one of the babies stretched out its neck and opened its beak. The other baby was just sort of lying there without moving, but it was still breathing. I don’t know what to do for them, other than hope the mother bird returns very soon. I don’t want to be one of those people who messes with wildlife and makes the situation worse. I suppose it could also be that a predator bird ate the real cardinal eggs and laid its own eggs there for the unknowing mother cardinal to raise. I sent a message to Nana and Grampy (bird authorities) and my friend Crissy who is a vet, to see if there is anything I can do for the birds if the mother does not return.

At any rate. Last weekend was the summer solstice. Of all the solstices (okay, there are only 2), this one is my least favorite. I prefer the winter solstice, even though it is the shortest day of the year, and in my past life it was typically wrought with some tragedy of Dunlap Love. At least with the winter solstice, the days will be getting longer and the end of the cold and dark will be coming soon. But with the summer solstice, you are just being hurled back into shorter days and the reminder that winter is just around the corner. I’m not ready for this yet—my blood has not even completely thawed from last winter!

Rob did a triathlon over the solstice weekend, and we went to go stay with Aimee and Dr. Y. They moved away about a month ago, and seriously, life has not been the same without them here. They’re not too far away, but still. Not close enough to see every day, or even once a week. It was really, really good to see them and the kids again.

On Saturday morning, Rob did his triathlon. About 5 years ago, Rob was one of the biggest names in the tri-state area of triathlons. An ensuing knee injury put a halt to his budding triathlon career, but he definitely made his comeback last weekend. He did really well in the swim, bike, and run, and he ended up finishing faster than any of his previous sprint tri’s at that location. All of this was pretty spectacular, especially considering that he’s only swum twice since January (the Tuesday and Thursday before the race). Maybe he’ll blog about it on his website, you never know.



Cara and John also came over, so we had a bit of a reunion on Saturday after the race. It was so much fun. The guys did whatever it is they do, and Cara and Aimee and I busied ourselves around town. Much to my joy, we went to the Trader Joe’s. I got a bag of wild arugula—only $1.99.

It hasn’t been all fun and games though. I managed to finish a draft of a results chapter on activity patterns and now am about knee-deep (okay, ankle deep) in the results on diet. Speaking of which, I need to get back to work.

Thanks for reading!


amypfan said...

Wait a minute, where was this triathalon? I realize that we haven't been in a fight since I (accidentally) punched you in the 7the grade, or perhaps since you made me dance with a gun-toting maniac at the Christmas dance that same year, but we might be in a fight now if you were in Indy and didn't come see me!!! :)

Anonymous said...

HMMMMMMMM- Just when I was starting to ENJOY our summer like weather, ALONG comes the SOLSTICE(summer) and YOUR version of "winter is just around the corner",,,,,,,, well, NOW, I will just curl up and WAIT for THE COLD DARK DAYS ThAT WILL FOLLOW SOON!!!!!-:( Sure hope someone has come up with a SOLUTION to help your little orphaned birdies , before it's tooo late!!!!!!! Maybe by now the mama has returned with a mouth full of goodies for them ---- CONGRATS to ROBBY on a FANTASTIC TRI!!!!!! HE's THE MAN!!!!!!!! and to amy....... if the gun-toting dude is who I think you mean, he was just picked up in p/town for 'selling DRUGS. ....... HMMMMMMM -- isn't life interesting!!!! GOOD LUCK as you work "KNEE DEEP" --- hang in there... luv you both, foxy mama

Aimee said...

it was so wonderful to see you!

Ragfield said...

If you think winter is just around the corner you should have stepped outside this afternoon. The heat and humidity were pretty bad.

amypfan said...

Mom R - If you mean Jacob S, you are correct. See, Melissa? I told you he was no good!! (thus why I HAD to hide in the bathroom for the entire dance)

Melissa - I knew it! The location in those pictures looked too familiar. Do you know that Eagle Creek is seriously 5 minutes from my house (if that)? I'm glad to hear that Rob will be further straining himself locally; you are absolutely required to stay with us and visit during one of those trips!

gutzville said...

Wow, that is a sexy orange running suit. Where can I pick up one of those.

I think it is obvious what the guys did for 4 hours. The real question is what did the girls do @ trader joes for 4 hours