Several weeks ago I noticed a robin had built a nest on my kitchen window sill. How nice of her to place it in a spot that is so convenient for me! The nest was empty when I first saw it but soon it contained three little blue eggs. This morning I saw the first one has hatched. A newly-hatched robin is not very pretty but I know it will grow fast and soon be more attractive as the busy mom feeds it. I'm not much of a bird-watcher but since it's so handy I'm enjoying watching the developments in this little windowsill nursery.
I was reminded of a poem my firstborn learned in first grade many moons ago. I learned it with him and still think it's cute.
We have a secret, just we three,
The robin, and I, and the sweet cherry-tree;
The bird told the tree, and the tree told me,
And nobody knows it but just us three.
But of course the robin knows it best,
Because she built the—I shan't tell the rest;
And laid the four little—something in it—
I'm afraid I shall tell it every minute.
But if the tree and the robin don't peep,
I'll try my best the secret to keep;
Though I know when the little birds fly about
Then the whole secret will be out.