Egg in the Grass

in photography •  last year 

As I was mowing the lawn the other day I noticed an odd looking blue object out of the corner of my eye. I thought perhaps it was a piece of candy or something blown in by the wind.

I went back and looked and found this pretty blue egg in the grass:

Blue Egg in the Grass, f/2.4 1/50 4.3mm ISO 64 – click for viewing full screen

I looked around wondering where the egg had come from and noticed the birdhouse had been blown around by a recent windstorm. The duct tape fix I had applied last year had weathered over the winter and now the birdhouse door was facing the wrong way. It looked very difficult for the birds to get in and out of it.

The birds hadn’t been by the birdhouse all morning so I figured that they may have abandoned it or were not using it yet this season. I got out the ladder and fixed the birdhouse with some bailing wire so it wouldn't move to far in the wind.

The birdhouse with the bailing wire fix, f/2.4 1/1291 4.3mm ISO 50 – click for viewing full screen

I thought I might clean the birdhouse out while I was at it so I started removing a nest that was in it. I figured it was left over from last season but looking closely I saw a little blue egg in it just like the one on the ground:

Blue egg in the nest, f/2.4 1/17 4.3mm ISO 250 – click for viewing full screen

I left the egg in the nest and other egg in the grass and started to put the ladder away. Somehow it didn’t seem right to leave the egg in the grass so I picked it up and held it. It almost seemed like there was something alive inside.

It felt like the egg should go back in the nest, so I placed it in there with the other egg. I figured the bird would toss it out again if it wanted to.

The next day I saw mama starling (I assume it was female) poking her head out of the birdhouse and looking around. I was very happy to see her there.

As near as I can figure, I thought that the mother bird may have tossed the egg out when the birdhouse got turned around by the wind. With such difficult access she may have felt it would be too hard to try to raise two chicks inside the house.

Rather than have them both grow up without enough food she could have made the decision to push one of them out.

I’m not sure what was really going on, but mothers make hard decisions all the time and fathers do too.

Thanks for reading! I always value your support and comments. The pictures were taken by me with my Galaxy S9+

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That is very cool that you fixed up their house! Wonder if the mom tossed it or was it maybe a coon that tried to take it and dropped it?

I see some of that moss you were talking about on your shingle there in the pic.

I kind of doubt that a coon went after it because the nest is really deep down inside the house. There aren't a lot of coons around here that I have seen; I know they are around though. It is a bit puzzling, but from what I've heard about birds, I think the mom tossed it. It might have not been fertilized, that might also have been a possibility. At least the birdhouse is fixed up now so access is much better to raise the chicks (and fertilize eggs, lol).

Yup, I need to fix that moss I guess. There's always mañana, lol.

  ·  last year (edited)

Before opening your blog I think this is a blue duck egg. In my area of Aceh, usually blue duck eggs are drunk raw to increase endurance for hardworking men. I like your block.

That's an interesting custom. I'm not so sure I would like raw egg like that.

Before there were so many issues with consuming raw eggs I used to like to eat eggs raw on hot cooked rice with a little soy sauce. The raw egg does cook a bit when you put it on the hot rice and stir it up.

I agree with your opinion @lightsplasher, consuming raw eggs is not good, what else is excessive what else for the less exercise.

Very touching and emotional story, I think the egg have fallen down due to the storm and poor bird was helpless and look, destiny appoint you dear brother, for helping these little angels!

Thank you dear brother. We will have to see how things go.

That was awfully nice of you to save the potential baby bird. Over here in Connecticut we've been having a lot of wind lately. There are downed tree branches everywhere. I guess the weather may be changing in more ways than one lately.

Thanks, yes I'm not sure sometimes what the best action to take is but hopefully what I did was helpful. The weather sure have been changing a lot. The ocean currents near Greenland are changing from all the fresh water from the melting glaciers.

  ·  last year (edited)

This is a truly interesting little tale. You trying to rationalize what that bird might have been thinking... Do you just put up a house for birds generally and they find their way in naturally?

Yes, it is tough to know what they are thinking but there is a lot of information about birds from people who have studied them. I try to keep the birdhouses cleaned out after the season but the birds don't seem to mind building on last years nest. They just find there way into anyplace that they think is suitable. Once the starlings nested in my vent pipe and that was a big problem. I figured they might like a better house so I put up the birdhouse and they have really liked it. It is fun to hear the little birds asking for food when they are young.

I find this truly fascinating.

Blue egg
Wow haven't seen this one in ma life
Amazing. Keep the Good work God bless

The color did look neat to me. Thank you.

You are welcome
Seriously you are talented

Hopefully both chicks will make it and your yard will be filled with starling song. They do sing beautifully:) We have some that hang out by the Vancouver Art Gallery, they are all accomplished performers:)

They are really amazing birds and make a big variety of songs. I like to see them flying around together. I guess that some people don't like them because they are not native to the area and are aggressive or something. They like to eat a lot of bugs, which I think is good for the garden.

I think they are a fantastic bird. I am awed at their ability to catch food in the air:)

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really nice hearts @lightsplasher. with your kindness on a single bird and want to put it back in its cage that has fallen in the grass bush, really very noble deeds and your heart. I salute you same friend.

@lightsplasher, you found most valuable properties of birds. It's most awesome with light blue coloring. You are the security finder of your garden. I;m glad to hear it. I guess little bird inside egg safety with your stronger vision. Best captures selection.

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  ·  last year (edited)

I never forget to visit @linghtsplasher blog and share it, because I know for sure I will find a Beautiful thing on blog @lightsplasher like this bird egg I have never seen egg color like this @lightsplasher , thanks for sharing

First one very delightful with blue shining. You have great eye for seek natural captures. Great effort @lightsplasher.

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A beautiful egg was a snake egg
I love chicken eggs
Fantastic photo shooting

  ·  last year (edited)Reveal Comment

wawoow how beautifully capture well honestly i have never saw such an beautiful egg:Pthanks for sharing and i am your new follower!

I love photography only natural
Awesome photo
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First one very delightful with blue shining @lightsplasher

A good story @lightsplasher, if you can take care of her, until the egg is dripping, very sorry if he was abandoned,
Hopefully @lightsplasher success always
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Good night and have a nice evening, hopefully this evening is fun for all of you.

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Yes friend of the egg is very beautiful and beautiful very charming when in the grass is very amazing beautiful very nice friend @lightsplasher saya.hahahha but as I am no candy or rubber bobon that is in the view of grass friend.

hai my beloved friend @lightsplasher, really very amazing photography, and if i can know that egg what friend, oy i want to send something for you friend hope you like it, image

This egg looking beautiful.i like your smartphone photography.

what in the accident in stay, or their eggs already foul, posting a good

hahhh. where there is candy in the grass of friends (joking) @lightsplasher. if I see her like this it is a duck egg or it could be a bird's egg that falls in its cage.

really nice once @lightsplasher hearts. with your kindness on a single bird and want to put it back in its cage that has fallen on the grassy bushes, is really a very noble act and your heart. I salute your friends

The eggs were very pretty @lightsplasher my saka photos were what eggs were,

very nice my good friend @lightsplasher you have helped the bird to scratch his egg back on his nest all the goodness of my best friend @lightsplasher just is god who repay all his good

Good post maifren @lightsplasher

wow! that's amazing that you saw it! I couldn't fathom the idea of pushing one of the eggs out because there's not enough food to feed two chicks. That made me very sad.
Good post though. Thank you.

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I like it.

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I love photography only natural
Awesome photo
I really like
Kept it up

Awesome egg
I love it

You found a bird egg on the grass and make an investigation. Nice story today

A very nice job @lightsplasher you find a very unique and beautiful eggs, hopefully you can be present in my post @lightsplasher I really appreciate it

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how about these birds are friends

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@lightsplashe.. In my plece, if the duck eggs colored like that, green color is very useful to increase male stamina, mixed with coffe so good.

nice pic

when reading your article I immediately thought of my nephew, he was so persistent to catch a bird. he is so hobby of raising birds. one day I advised him to release the bird, but he said this bird is very happy with me, because I always give food and drink enough.
in his favorite jersey this is a bird cage. in sacks also birds. strange nephew I think.!

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such a nice story... so now we don't know if there are 2 eggs or not?! I find fascinating the bird behaviour! I watch on Facebook on a live streaming of two storks (berzele Ela & Cris - Wildlife Romania). last year they had 3 baby birds, but Ela tossed one of the baby bird out...cruel or survival of the fittest @lightsplasher?