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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Down in the Dumpster

 I was washing dishes a couple of weeks ago with all the kitchen windows open. I kept hearing this fluttering sound and was wondering what the dogs might be up to. It was a super hot day and every time I looked out the window they were just laying there in the cool spot in the flower bed on the side of the house. I kept hearing the fluttering and then all of a sudden I panicked. I thought one of them had caught a bird. I ran to the back door to see what exactly was going on when I saw a Robin fly in and land on Brody's side. She picked and pulled and filled her beak with his soft and downy white fur until he lifted his head and made a half-hearted attempt to snap at her. All I could think is those baby birds are going to have one very soft nest.
We have been watching another nest of Robins on the loading dock at work the last couple of  weeks. They chose to make their nest in a very unfortunate place above the dumpster. Luckily there have been many eyes keeping watch over those babies the last few days as they have made their way from the nest. As we suspected the one in the photo above landed in the dumpster today and two co-workers jumped in to save him before the big truck showed up to empty the dumpsters.


  1. that's such a sweet little story about your dog providing nest material! I live in the middle of downtown now, and both my cat and I miss seeing birds outside the windows :)

  2. Jen, the great thing about birds is that you can find them no matter where you live. I had some friends who lived on the 23rd floor of a high rise in Chicago and their cat often was able to watch birds that landed on their window ledge. Keep your eyes open, I bet you will spot some. :)


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