Posts Tagged ‘Yellow-vented Bulbul’

Be like the bird who, pausing in her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing she hath wings.
Victor Hugo

I’ve blogged about them for the last two weeks and promised myself that I will  continue taking shots of them as long as they stay in the garden. Sad to say though,the hatchlings only lasted a week too before they died. Yesterday, after we came back from the Sunday mass, my son checked the nest and discovered that there were only two left of the three hatchlings  which were born last Palm Sunday, exactly a week ago but they were dead. I don’t know what happened to the third one. Last time we checked, the nest was empty.  I wonder how the mother Yellow-vented bulbul was able to transport the dead hatchlings to another place. We tried looking for them at the cluster of anthuriums and prayer plants beneath the gardenia shrub but there was nothing there. We ruled out the idea that  our cats ate them. Our cats never stay in the garden and they hardly could reach the gardenia branch where the nest was.

Although things were short-lived, it was wonderful to experience this – watching how birds take care of their young.  Like humans, they have the natural instinct to take care of their young. They seldom leave the nest unless they look for food to feed their young.  Come to think of it, we have grown so used to watching several birds in our garden that we even made a bird feeder when we found out about the nest. Son made some research on how to make them stay in the garden a little longer. And here’s what I found about nesting, a very interesting article on bird life.

I would love to share with you the pictures I took on their journey from mere eggs to young birds. Every time I look at the spot where they stayed, I think of them waiting for their mother to bring them food.

 Our Gardenia shrub where the nest was.

Perfect oval-shaped eggs….

Notice the slightly irregular shape of the eggs a few days after we discovered them. 

These hatchlings were born on a Palm Sunday – 04-17-11

They were one day old here. 04-18-11 

At two days, notice the growing feathers at the tip of their wings – 04-19-11


The last shot I took  on 04-22-11 (at 5 days old) There feathers have grown in all places. Their eyes were still closed but they could sense movement.

I hope one day, these birds would come back to nest again.

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I would love to concentrate on my posts at our Catholic site at Facebook since it is now Holy Week,  otherwise known as Semana Santa but I  also love to document  every change  on our garden guests(take note of the s at the end). I’ve blogged about  this before, thrice  in fact since we discovered  it two weeks ago in a corner of our garden.

They were born yesterday, on Palm Sunday and one of my very religious friends says that, it’s truly significant.  His exact words were,” God is affirming you Arlene.”  Put that way, I feel we are so blessed. It’s just a bird right?  But what are the chances of having it nesting in your garden?  These yellow-vented bulbul are everywhere. They are one of the most common birds found in flat  lands and open spaces.  It is so exciting  to see these grow into little birds and hopefully find them again visiting our garden when they are able to fly.

Two weeks ago, they were three dainty eggs . Hubby discovered them at our Gardenia shrub.

That’s right, these hatchlings were born yesterday.

 This is how they look at a day old.

Hubby says we have a growing family – three dogs, a puppy, two cats, more than a dozen Koi fish  and now these.  I don’t mind really since these creatures always remind me of the beauty of life. Simple though it may seem,  life is good.

Have a blessed, meaningful and solemn celebration of Holy Week.

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Did you know that finding that bird’s nest right inside our garden made me look at  all the corners for more?  Yesterday, I was quietly reading, trying to finish the book On Writing by Stephen King when a tiny bird flew in and landed directly  at the Gardenia bush at the corner of our garden. It was  the owner of those tiny and pink eggs which kept me fascinated so early in the morning.  I watched in awe as it flew from branch to branch of our flowering Avocado tree.  It was probably searching  for food.  I scoured the internet on Philippine birds which hang around in gardens and I found its name.

And this is what Wiki says about Yellow-Vented Bulbul, exact  and the same description of the little bird nesting in our garden. And I found a good shot (copyright-free)  from another Wiki site.

I so wanted to take a photo of it  on my own but I could not get any closer without disturbing it.  Suffice to say, it’s one reason enough to stay in the garden for long.

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