Weekend Waterview: Are You My Mother?

Happy Weekend! We had an interesting bird experience recently.

My husband came inside one evening and said, “you’ve got to come see this, this bird is stalking me. . .”

This fledgling was hopping around my hubby and chirping loudly as a baby bird would do in the nest, begging for food from his mother.

We immediately thought that it must be hungry.

Living on the lake, we have several “blooms” of mayflies in the summer.

If you aren’t familiar with mayflies, they hatch from fresh water (but never in May ;) and are messy but harmless, clinging to trees, the siding of the house, dock ropes, boat, etc. The live only a few hours to a few days. . .long enough to mate and become part of the food chain.

My hubby found mayflies clinging to the dock which the bird happily gobbled up. . .

He would fly up and perch on top of my hubby’s shoulder. . .

The bird following my hubby around reminded me of the children’s book, “Are You My Mother?”  by P.D. Eastman, edited by Dr. Suess.

Do you remember that book about a baby bird in search of his mother?

After a little online searching we identified it as a Brown-headed Cowbird. Juvenile cowbirds look similar to adult female cowbirds, but are more heavily streaked with lighter bellies and light edging on their wing feathers.

According to AllAboutBirds:

The Brown-headed Cowbird is North America’s most common “brood parasite.” A female cowbird makes no nest of her own, but instead lays her eggs in the nests of other bird species, who then raise the young cowbirds. Cowbird eggs hatch faster than other species eggs, giving cowbird nestlings a head start in getting food from the parents. Young cowbirds also develop at a faster pace than their nest mates.

No wonder this juvenile cowbird doesn’t know who his mother is. . . ;)

We saw him one evening and then again the following morning. He flew over to light on my camera and say goodbye before flying the coop!

Lola and Sophie are stopping by to say “Happy Weekend”.🐾🐾

Thank you for all your welcome wishes and sweet messages for Sophie on Friday.

There were several requests to see them together, so I’m obliging. . . more to come. ;)

Lola says this chair isn’t big enough for the both of them. . .

Sophie says posing for photos is tiring work.

Happy Sunday ♥

Thank you for your visit. 🐾🐾

  64 comments for “Weekend Waterview: Are You My Mother?

  1. Kathy M.
    August 11, 2019 at 6:23 am

    Are you my mother? was one of my girls favorite books. I think I can still remember all the words. Your pictures of the baby bird and your husband are wonderful. I would not be surprised if the little visitor returned. Also thank you for the pictures of Lola and Sophie. You certainly have the most photogenic puppies.Too cute and I am sure they are keeping you busy.

  2. Lauren
    August 11, 2019 at 6:26 am

    How funny! I LOVED “Are You My Mother?” and read it countless times to my children, changing the voices for each different animal. Now I have the pleasure to reading it to my grandchildren.

  3. Ann Woleben
    August 11, 2019 at 6:34 am

    What a great experience to help a small creature on its way! The bird trusted both of you. Lola and Sophie will soon be best friends.

  4. Jane
    August 11, 2019 at 7:04 am

    How cool is that!
    You have a new friend to love.
    Know Lola and Sophia will love it too.
    Mary, you and your husband are an inspiration to us all.
    Thanks for sharing…….

  5. Ellen
    August 11, 2019 at 7:23 am

    What a wonderful story! Proves, we should have our camera ready at all times!! Lola and Sophie seem like o get on very well..or as well as can be expected of sisters!!! Have a wonderful Sunday!! ❤️🐶

  6. Sandi Lee
    August 11, 2019 at 7:30 am


  7. SUSAN
    August 11, 2019 at 7:37 am

    That bird is amazing !!! I’ve never seen anything like that.

  8. August 11, 2019 at 7:38 am

    Animals are amazing! Love them all. Thanks for sharing your two adorable pups! I enjoyed this post.

  9. Cynthia Randall
    August 11, 2019 at 7:39 am

    Oh, my goodness. So happy you are a two dog family again. This is the sweetest bird story ever. Thanks for sharing.

  10. August 11, 2019 at 7:51 am

    What a lovely post. Birds and dogs! Thanks for sharing the information on the cowbird. It seems so weird that he was so people friendly. I guess he appreciated his dinner too.

  11. August 11, 2019 at 7:51 am

    What a beautiful Sunday morning story, thanx for sharing! 💜

  12. Emmie
    August 11, 2019 at 8:12 am

    How wonderful! Great to see folks so kind and caring with the baby bird. He was truly unafraid to come so close and interact so well with his trusted human friends!

  13. August 11, 2019 at 8:16 am

    What a great story with wonderful pictures of the little cowbird. Precious pups!!

  14. Peggy Ott
    August 11, 2019 at 8:34 am

    Good Morning Mary! That is such a cute story of the bird. Again great pics of the little guy. Busy household you have with all the new little ones…Sophie and the bird. lol Sophie is adorable. My heart melted, as did my daughter, Chris’s. We recently lost my little “Hickory” one month ago. (Yorkie) He was my baby. My constant, everywhere I went. I miss him every day. Two years ago, we lost his brother. So seeing your pics was a precious moment for both of us. Happy Sunday, enjoy these beautiful days!!

  15. Sue Farmer
    August 11, 2019 at 8:38 am

    Unbelievable!!! So glad you and your hubby could help the baby bird

    Sophie is adorable! The two of them are beautiful. So fun to have puppies in the house;) xoxo

  16. Sue Farmer
    August 11, 2019 at 8:38 am

    Unbelievable!!! So glad you and your hubby could help the baby bird

    Sophie is adorable! The two of them are beautiful. So fun to have puppies in the house;) xoxo

  17. Franki
    August 11, 2019 at 8:47 am

    What a MARVELOUS story! A little hummi t-bird had his beak caught in a window screen, my hubs freed it as it was so weak, itflew, turned around, looked at him and gave him the loudest chirp/ squeek…off it went. Ya gotta luv am ( hubs & birds.) franki

  18. sailorgal2018
    August 11, 2019 at 8:48 am

    What a sweet article today and I had no idea about cowbirds. Your new addition is just so cute. Good for you!

  19. August 11, 2019 at 9:16 am

    Now this is what life is all about — full of adventure and love! Great story. Your pups are just too cute.

  20. radkecs
    August 11, 2019 at 9:17 am

    I am 63 yo and i remember this book from my childhood. It was great. I just recently read about cowbirds on another blog. Had never heard of them. Sound like a very disagreeable bird.

  21. Donna C
    August 11, 2019 at 9:18 am

    Love this experience you had! We had a similar experience with a hummingbird that I found on the ground while weeding. It couldn’t fly away so my hubby picked it up and brought it inside. He fed it some sugar water which the hummingbird drank right off of his fingers. When it got its strength back it flew around the kitchen. Of course I took a lot of photos and videos. We brought it outside and let it go. It flew into a branch and looked at us as if to say thank you. Nature is so incredible. “A bird in the hand!”

  22. August 11, 2019 at 9:19 am

    A very cool birding experience for sure Mary! Glad your hubby could help the little guy out:@)

  23. Joan Riker
    August 11, 2019 at 9:24 am

    That little bird is part of the growing family. Love seeing the sweet puppies together.

  24. Marie in AZ
    August 11, 2019 at 9:31 am

    What a fun post! Thanks for the wonderful pictures.

  25. August 11, 2019 at 9:32 am

    This may be coolest post you’ve ever done!

  26. August 11, 2019 at 9:56 am

    This is one crazy story Mary!! Birds, bees, flowers and puppies know they will be well taken care of around your house! Keep us posted if he comes back!

  27. Vicki
    August 11, 2019 at 10:04 am

    So enjoyed your post this AM. Great stories and pics ~ as usual! Happy Sunday to you all!

  28. Linda Schmidt
    August 11, 2019 at 10:08 am

    What a delightful post to start a Sunday

  29. Clara
    August 11, 2019 at 10:09 am

    Mary, This is such a wonderful nature blog today! The baby bird pics are adorable! My husband had a orphaned duckling adopt him many years ago & it’s an interesting experience to interact with such a tiny creature. We know Lola is really enjoying Sophie since she is the big sister. They’re so cute! Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos! Have a great Sunday! Clara ❤️🐾🐦

  30. August 11, 2019 at 10:10 am

    Your new family addition – Sophie is so cute! Your husband has a very good soul. For a wild bird to feel not threaten to a human is a true testament to the soul of kindness. Beautiful.

  31. Nancy Brantley
    August 11, 2019 at 10:31 am

    That bird knew exactly where to go for help and love! Love this….!! Sophia is such a cutie, I know Lola loves her sister!

  32. August 11, 2019 at 10:38 am

    Amazing posting :)

  33. Amma
    August 11, 2019 at 10:42 am

    What a wonderful experience. Thank you for sharing. Your photography is wonderful – I always enjoy you blog.

  34. Cheryl
    August 11, 2019 at 10:43 am

    I still have all of my daughters’ baby books and Are You My Mother is one of them. That was an adorable post. Remarkable interaction with the bird and the dogs couldn’t be cuter. Happy Sunday.

  35. Sue
    August 11, 2019 at 11:08 am

    Heartwarming, thank you❣

  36. Julie Duncan
    August 11, 2019 at 11:13 am

    Absolutely loved the pictures and the sweet story. I also would love to know where you found Lola and Sofie’s blanket? Wonderful!

    • August 11, 2019 at 11:29 am

      Thank you Julie, the blanket came from Amazon. 🐾🐾

  37. Shirley Graham
    August 11, 2019 at 11:33 am

    Love the pics!! So sweet. The little one will probably be back but at least it got a good start!! Love the pics of puppies too.

  38. Chloe
    August 11, 2019 at 11:35 am

    What a sweet man! You are lucky to have a partner who loves animals as much as you do. Thank you for sharing the heart-warming bird story and pictures of the pups. Your animal posts always make me smile.

  39. Paula
    August 11, 2019 at 11:46 am

    THanks for sharing, and to remind everyone there is still really warm heart caring people !

    Your husband is a Saint !

  40. August 11, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    That is a wonderful experience for your husband who by the way is handsome. I hope you don’t mind I post pictures of your dogs all the time on my closed FB.?

  41. Sue Berlekamp
    August 11, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    I had read earlier this summer about cowbirds using another nest so another mother would be there to watch over her egg/eggs. So many funny things in regards to nature and your husband’s brief encounter with being a “mother.”
    Lola and Sophia look so cute together.

  42. August 11, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    It’s a beautiful life up there: the green woods, the lake, the birds (this one is such friendly one), the flowers, the two cute furry friends, the blue sky… All is like a a dream in reality! Thank you for sharing all these with us! A very nice Sunday to all of you!

  43. Françoise Deschamps
    August 11, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    Toutes ces petits animaux ont compris que votre Mari et Vous aviez un coeur énorme pour les adopter et les chérir.
    Bonne soirée

  44. Betty Butkiewicus
    August 11, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    Love this, love your post, they always make me smile. .

  45. Patricia Hansen
    August 11, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    You and your Husband are so blessed! Your Husband is so caring and loving with all the animals you have shared, and this little bird knew it too. Thank You for all of your beautiful posts! Looking forward to more. Have a beautiful Sunday.

  46. Ellen
    August 11, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    You have definitely brought many smiles to many faces today! It appears that “Mr. Home Is Where the Heart Is” has bird mothering skills that were recognized by this cute juvenile Cowbird. May I also say that both are quite photogenic, though no more so than the sweet Lola and Sophie too! I love the photo of the camera with the wee visitor perched atop being photographed. You may have given this information previously, but what camera and lens are pictured? I am in the market for an upgrade! Thank-you!

  47. August 11, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    Oh, my—I thought this was going to be about your new puppy—but to have a bird–insist on attention, that is really rare. Sweet photos and solutions—and with a full tummy, he probably can make his way in the world. Such great photos! And, the patience of your hubby, amazing!

  48. Sandy K Park
    August 11, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    What a neat bird experience.

  49. Sue
    August 11, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    So many precious babies at your house! Thank you for sharing!!

  50. Cindy Pennell
    August 11, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    That is the cutest thing ever well not cuter than Sophie & Lola!!

  51. Alice Genzlinger
    August 11, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    Perfect Sunday post. Love is all we need.

  52. August 11, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    This is my fav post of yours recently. So wonderful and the photography! You are awesome and thank you for sharing this. That was my very favorite book to read my children. It was at the top with Green Eggs & Ham. God bless good children’s authors! Hehe and bloggers who brighten our every days!

  53. Rita C.
    August 11, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    Fascinating! I’d read about cowbirds but had never seen one. What strange behavior! When I first read the title of your post, I thought it was about Sophie looking to Lola as if she was her mother. I was familiar with the book, and Mr.P. & I would joke that our poodle used to go up to neighbors’ porches as we walked our street, as if to say, “are you my mother?”.

  54. Darlene
    August 11, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    Great information, awesome Photography, and Lola and baby sister are the frosting on the cake!!!

  55. August 11, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    I love the little bird following your husband and yes, the book is exactly what it is like! That book was a favorite of mine when I was little (I’m 54) and I read it to my kids. I remember my older son particularly liked the part with the digger. He was obsessed with heavy equipment.

  56. Cyndi Raines
    August 11, 2019 at 11:53 pm

    Such a precious post! The animal kingdom knows where they can get help! First the baby squirrels and now this little bird. Yours is a true haven of rest and protection. The girls are too sweet sitting pretty in their chair. Thank you for showing them together and thank you for caring for God’s creation. ❤

  57. Michele M. / The Nest at Finch Rest
    August 12, 2019 at 1:45 am

    Oh my goodness, that is just unreal about the Cowbird. I am stunned. What an experience – and the bird perched on your camera is an afford-winning photo! You should blow it up and have it as art in your home office wall.

    I think your handsome hubby made a very good mother. : – )

  58. August 12, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    Oh my goodness, Mary, what incredible pictures you took of your hubby and the little bird, and what a story! Yes, I know that story well of , Are You My Mother? You’ll have to update us on the little bird. Your two pups are so adorable! I hope Lola is accepting Sophie, but it’s probably an adjustment.

  59. August 12, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    ❤️❤️❤️Lots of animal love in this one!!❤️❤️❤️

  60. August 13, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    What an interesting experience. Do birds imprint on humans like some other animals do? If so, this little guy might return to visit. Your girls are adorable! Please keep sharing photos. I can’t get enough of these cuties.

  61. Debra Matcovich
    August 13, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    I remember that book very well. I would read it to my children often.

  62. August 15, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Wow!!! How amazing and heartwarming! I know this sounds nuts, but my father said, if he was granted the choice of being an animal, he would be a bird and he would come back and be with us in our time of need. I have certainly experienced “that bird”…. Thank you for sharing this heartwarming and informative post…and the girls are so adorable!!! Glad Lola is having fun with her baby sister!!! I am sure she will teach her the ropes about posing for the camera!!

  63. August 15, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    I loved that book when my kids were little! Those were great pictures of your husband with the bird. Love your new puppy and Lola of course!

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