Saturday, May 16, 2009

Little Life on the Prairie

This evening my stepson was tossing a baseball with some friends outside. As he was running for the ball he spotted this tiny nest in the grass with 3 hungry baby birds huddled inside.

I snapped a couple of pictures in haste because I knew we were treading where we should not. Even though it is blurry, you can see these 3 are anxiously awaiting a parent to return with dinner.

I'm not sure what kind of birds nest in the prairie grass. Perhaps a Grasshopper Sparrow? Do you know what kind of birds nest in Colorado grassland? I'm amazed. The ground seems like such a dangerous place for a bird nest. How can the parents protect them from Fox and other prairie predators? I hope they survive.


  1. Oh, those birds are so cute. I hope they make it! There is a bird's nest above Pie's stall and the little babies are tweeting loudly. I think Pie thinks he is their mother!

  2. Interesting. I've never seen a bird's nest in grass either.

  3. Wow, you wouldn't think the ground would be the safest place for them. I'm just glad your stepson saw them before they were accidentally stepped on.

  4. Oh, how wonderfully cute!
    Feed me, feed ME!
    Must be a seldom sight. Lucky you!

  5. They are adorable. I may gingerly walk out there and see if I can find the next again. I'd like to get some more pictures of the growing babies.

    Juliette, how fun. I wish some barn swallows would take up residence in our barn. Then it would be an authentic barn. I saw couple fly in and look around, but I think they chose to live elsewhere.