I looked out the window and what did I see?
Robin eggs laying in the playhouse.
Spring has brought me such a nice surprise, robin eggs popping right before my eyes.
To I’ll tell you beforehand I’m not one to destroy nature by any means. A few weeks ago I went into work, and H told me that a Robin had decided to make her nest in the playhouse. They felt bad because the bird decided to build its nest there, but they don’t want them in the playhouse because of the mess that they make.
She asked me nicely to have P take it down, and I said sure. For first few days we made 5-6 trips every hour in the morning before we went out to go play. I even told the bird a few times “please build your nest in a tree, and you won’t have to worry about it being taken down.” They have trees behind their house, and there are many other places they could make their nests. That was on Monday and Tuesday, and since I have Wednesday off I was hoping and praying that the bird would have taken my advice and built its nest elsewhere. I went back to work on Thursday, and the nest was bigger. The girls and I went up the stairs in the playhouse, and pushed the nest down the slide. The girls both slid down, (by the way this was K’s first time to go down the slide and she loved it!!) and I went back down the stairs. We threw the nest over the fence, and went back to watch some cartoons before it was time for P to do her letters and numbers. After that we went outside to play and there was a new nest already up there. An idea came to mind that if we put toys around the area, the bird won’t bother nesting. We got all the girls’ sand toys, and climbed the stairs to put the toys around. K wanted to push them down on the slide (it was quite funny to watch her get excited about it). Friday came, and they wanted to play with those toys so I had P and K go up there to push everything down the slide. We played and played, and then I went home for the weekend. When I came back to work on Monday, there was another nest. We did the same thing on Monday and Tuesday with the toys. I went into work on Thursday and P was sick, sick, sick!! so we didn’t do anything except watch cartoons and movies all day. I walked in on Friday, and she still wasn’t feeling good. I did however ask her to come help me with the nest, and she was happy to help. We went up the stairs and saw another new nest, and it was huge!
I told P to push it down the slide, and she did. When we got down to bottom of the slide I told her to throw it over the fence. She looked at me and went “eww…no way its wet” so I picked it up with the dustpan and threw it myself. We then put toys up there again. We went in and watched cartoons and movies for the rest of the day. I didn’t want to push her into doing activities until I knew she was better.
I was hoping and praying all weekend that the bird would find a new place to have its nest. I went in on Monday and asked H if there was any other nests and she said “nope, haven’t seen any at all this weekend.” I was so relieved, and saw that P was feeling so much better! After H and D left for the day, I saw the bird up there, and I had K and P come with me to make sure there was no nest. We got up into the playhouse and saw this….
A wasps nest with a wasp around it (I am not a wasp/bee person at all!! I hate those things with a passion). K was near it and near the opening for where the birds nest usually is so I calmly told her to come to me and stay near sister. P started to come around me and go in front, and I asked her calmly to stay back. She asked why, and I said “just trust me okay?” I didn’t want to sound alarmed because then they would get scared. I looked where the nest usually was, and saw an egg. I crawled (can’t really stand up in the upper area of the playhouse) as close as I could, and prayed that the wasp would just leave me alone so I could get a picture of the egg. I got as close as I felt comfortable with, and took a picture.
I wanted to get a closer look, but I’d rather not get stung. All three of us went back down the stairs again, and went back inside so P could do her letters and numbers. She is getting so good at them. I’m so proud of her! We found a fun way to do her letters now, and both her and K love it! Every time she does 1 letter caps and undercaps I read her the letter out of these books.
Some days we do 1 book, some days we do both, and some days we don’t do any. That way she doesn’t get bored. My mother gave me this idea, and sent them to me. They have been a lifesaver. My mother-in-law suggested that we use shaving cream and she could draw letters in that. We hadn’t been to walmart for a few weeks, and so I haven’t been able to get that stuff yet. I will have to get some the next time we go up.
After she did her letters Monday, we went outside. I wanted to get a better picture of the egg, but I also didn’t want to get stung either. I told the girls that I’d rather have them not play in the playhouse until their daddy came to kill the wasps. They both obeyed, and I loved that they did. I noticed that the Robin was back, and laying in the spot she chose. I asked P to climb up the slide and tell me if there was still just 1 egg or more. If you look closely you can see the mother bird sitting down in between the wood bars.
As she climbed, the mother flew away, and she told me “KIMMIE!! There are 2 eggs!!” So I tried to figure a way to get a good picture of the eggs.
They seriously are such a pretty color!! I came back yesterday, and H told me that D sprayed the wasps nests. He had left the nests so any wasps returning would also die, and said that it would be okay now if they kids played in there. I felt better because I felt bad that they could do it on Monday. I’m not sure what they did with the eggs, but I noticed that the bird came right back and laid another one. During quiet time P and I went into the playhouse, and got some closeup pictures of the egg. I was so happy!!
I loved looking at the egg; it was such a pretty egg. I feel really bad for the mother bird and the eggs.
I was talking to Andrea (my mother in law) about how I feel bad, and she was telling me that it would be awesome to be able to have a nest somewhere, and just watch the birds from when they lay the eggs till they hatch. I agreed it would be awesome to see!!