On Thursday I went out to the garden and was surprised to see a couple of baby birds in it! Unfortunately, one of them was dead, but the other was alive. The kids loved the bird and chased the poor thing to the edge of the garden. After a time-out for throwing dirt at the poor thing, the kids finally learned to love it from a distance.
The bird stayed in the yard throughout the whole day. The parents stayed close by (I saw them chase a cat away at one point), and the baby followed the shade through the day.
When Louis got home from work, the kids and I were outside. Josiah was on a blanket sleeping under a beach umbrella. I went for a walk to the post office, and while I was out Louis stepped inside the house for a minute while Josiah slept on his blanket. I came back to find the baby bird comfy-cozy in a new shady spot; under Josiah’s umbrella!