dsc_0003The other day Ray and I were in the pool relaxing after a day of outdoor activities.  It was a warm sunny weekend and Barry White’s Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe was playing in the background. 

A pair of cute sing-songy birds landed on the wall.  It was funny to see how they were acting toward each other juxtaposed with Mr. White’s silky smooth voice.  These birds were obviously smitten with each other.

My darling, I can’t get enough of your love babe
Yeah, I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know why
Can’t get enough of your love babe

Just then, one of the birds popped up in the air and flew right into the rosemary bush by the pool–floomp!  The other one just sat on the wall singing along in accompaniment with Mr. White.  Ray and I shot a look at each other and then suddenly both birds flew away. 

I got out of the pool to see what was going on in the rosemary bush.  To my surprise, there was a teeny tiny nest with three little eggs in it.  Looks like the birds felt that Stolen Horseshoe was the ideal place to start a family.  Ray and I were thrilled about this.  There is nothing more pleasant than the sound of little birds chirping.

Now, I’m not an expert on birds but I think we may be close to hatching because Mama bird tends to stay around a lot.  She just sits quietly in her nest.  I check in on her occasionally.  I don’t want to disturb her too much.  She silently agreed to let me get a photo.


I guess the one thing that Ray and I appreciate about living here is the fact that nature just happens right in our own backyard.  We wake up in the morning and see cute little bunnies hopping around the courtyard.  Every once in a while a lone snake will slither on by.  One time, we had a snake of the Rattler persuasion pass through while we were sitting on the patio having cocktails.  While it made the hair on the back of my neck stand on end, I just prefer to let the snake go on its way.  Some of our friends kill the Rattlers.  We figure with all the activity that goes on in our backyard, a snake is not going to settle down and make a home.

Of course if there are tasty eggs in a nest that is only about a foot off the ground…

The best is when the rabbits have their babies and you see teeny little bunnies hopping around.  They are so cute!  I’ll be sure to get a photo this year.  In the mean time, we’re just going to wait for Mama bird to hatch her babies and then enjoy the little chorus of chirps until the season ends and they all fly away.

2 Thoughts on “Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe

  1. It looks like what you have is a pair of Black-throated Sparrows, a fairly common resident of the southwest (I saw my first one a few days before I met you guys on my trip out west last year). They’re really pretty birds. Incubation of the eggs will probably take a total of a couple of weeks, so depending on when she laid the eggs, you may be seeing nestlings soon. By mid-summer or so, they should be out and about feeding on their own. Very cool to have them right in your courtyard!

  2. Thanks for the info Kevin. They are pretty and their song is sweet as well. Can’t wait to see the little babies.

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