It Takes a Village




We thought it was a fight- maybe a hawk, or some other predator.  But then we saw the tiny martin on the ground and realized that the entire compound of adults were attempting to get this baby up off the ground.  One adult actually pecked it in the butt and made it hop a couple of feet.  We watched for a good twenty minutes...waiting to see if baby would fly because we had no idea which hole to put him back in to.   Finally he flew, but I wasn't quick enough to capture it..:(

I couldn't get all the adults in the top pic- there were twice this many flying around and diving at the baby.  


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33 comments:

  1. That's pretty cool to have so many adults trying to help the youngster.

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  2. I'm glad the baby finally made it into the air. It probably wouldn't have lasted very long on the ground.

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  3. What a cool thing to see, the birds behavior can really be neat! Thanks for sharing, have a happy week!

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  4. Amazing efforts by the adults to get the youngster airborne.

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  5. All babies are important in the human AND animal kingdom!!

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  6. awww! community assistance at its best!

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  7. What do you think, were they trying to help him?? What a story, and good pics to illustrate it.

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  8. awesome. did not know they do this.. love the line It takes a village... cool beans

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  9. How cool is that? The social structure of bird families is so interesting.. Great post.. You asked about the mallard on the drive-way. She came from the pond in the backyard...Michelle

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  10. What an interesting narrative that goes along with your photos - I would never have guessed by looking at them that they were trying to help a young one.

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  11. That is quite a moment you captured!

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  12. Nature has so many stories to tell. I enjoyed this one! :-)

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  13. It even takes a village to raise a baby Martin!

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  14. Wonderful family love, I've seen a video about a baby elephant, and the herd hovered round till it was on its feet and then Mum ushered it to a safer place. How little we know about what is in the minds of others, Super time to be there. Cheers.Jean

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  15. Wow; birds also educate their babies. How surprising♡♡♡ And let me confess that I didn't know the idiom of "takes a village"! I am really happy to know it and sure fits as the title of this post♪♪♪

    Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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  16. What a wonderful thing to watch. It all ended well.

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  17. That is so sweet Terri, I'm glad you were able to capture the moment!

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  18. What a very cool post! (As always.) Hugs.

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  19. I am so happy the baby "launched"! Great post Terri! I always worry about those baby birds.. :)

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  20. Wow Terri it does take a village who knew. Wonderful to watch I am sure. Hug B

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  21. Spectacular! How great is it that they all wanted to help the baby bird fly!
    We humans could take a lesson from their example...... helping each other out, just a little bit :)

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  22. How sweet that it became a village project. Maybe living in condo style enhances the bond among the Martins. .

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  23. Oh I'm so glad the baby finally got off the ground. I worry about all wildlife babies this time of the year.

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  24. too bad we humans no longer live by the 'it takes' philosophy :)

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  25. Bird babies are a bit tentative when they first start flying. Everybody got into the act, not just the parents — the joys of a colonial life-style.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

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  26. What a great title for this post and how cool to witness such an event in a baby bird's life.

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  27. What remarkable pictures. You were so lucky to be there to witness this. You don't usually think of birds working as a team.

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  28. now that is a way to get someone to fly. i hope he is kicking along now. poor little one. ( :

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  29. Not something you get to see every day well done.

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  30. Poor bebe! (imagine a Cajun pronunciation) It's so wonderful to see wildlife helping the weaker and younger ones of the bunch. Just how a society should function.

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  31. A nail biter...glad he finally flew....amazing show of love and concern by the birds.

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