-Henry David Thoreau
While gathering a mess of beans back on June 27, I discovered a sparrow's nest cradling four tiny eggs.
Ever since, I've kept a watch over that nest whenever I was in the garden. Today, I had a feeling that the time had come for the eggs to hatch. In fact, after starting out to the garden this evening, I returned to the house for my camera...
...just in case.
As I approached the bean patch, the sparrow flitted away as it always does. But glancing at the nest, I could see movement.
The baby birds had hatched today.
These little creatures were almost unidentifiable blobs of flesh. As I moved closer to take a quick picture, they craned their necks toward me and opened their mouths wide.
When I planted those peanut beans back in April, I could imagine the harvest ahead. The beans have been delicious.
But I certainly didn't picture baby birds growing on the bean bushes.