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Friday, May 11, 2012

The Secret

The Secret
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.

by Anonymous

   Really? I thought it was written by Aileen Fisher, a prolific children's writer. 

    Anyway, if you have three minutes to watch a wonderful time-lapse video of robins raising a family that Dawn at The Feathered Nest has shared, you'll love it. It is only a bit over three minutes long and what a *Sweet Spring Story* it is! 

    The sun is shining so I'm not going to allow difficulties with formatting this morning trouble me. Much. 

Have you ever noticed that spring peepers stop singing every night at about the same time? They are singing their little hearts out when, all of a sudden, and without fading out slowly, they simply stop. Around here it's 10:30 pm. Odd... It's hard to get to sleep when they stop like that. [Edited to Add: You can listen to them at *this site*; you may be surprised to learn what a spring peeper is. You may be surprised because I've mixed apples and oranges today as is my usual habit.]

Noticed anything unusual lately?


  1. Interesting...I never thought about what time they go to sleep. I only notice the time they wake me up, which is way earlier than I like. ;-)

    Lovely poem to start my day.


  2. That is an amusing observation. I have not notices it. Maybe it is just your peepers. On a timer?

    Running.....Hugs for your day!!

  3. Oh I am sharing this with Benjamin today. We have so enjoyed the birds this year...just stopped and listened...it has been a joy. He will enjoy this with me...thanks for sharing.

  4. i love that poem and that i'm visiting on janette's
    heels. and secrets!!!!

    that may be my super power: secret keeping. :)

  5. I never noticed that peepers stop all at once. I will have to pay attention.

    Hope you have a wonderful day Vee!

  6. Great Poem! I get up several times a night and have noticed an odd sound outside. Last night we were working on the shed and my husband pointed out the sound as being frogs. But, it is not a rribit sound it is more of a lolling warbely sound (I am sure I am not spelling those correctly, so forgive me!). So, to me that is unusual!

  7. I absolutely LOVE that little poem. I started homeschooling my kids in Dallas in the mid 90's (can you imagine why) and we used the A-Beka curriculim. That poem was in our plan and the kids memorized it. My oldest remembered that poem above all others and we still quote it today and laugh at ourselves for keeping it. I agree with you about the author!

  8. I saw a white squirrel this week...haha! And I love the night sounds...we saw a polywog at the pond one day.

  9. I never noticed that before but I will listen now. It's hard for me to get to sleep no matter what!

    Love that poem and now I'm going to check out the video.
    Have a great day!

  10. What a sweet poem....I'm watching a robin on her nest right now that's been built on my front porch. Hope we're not disturbing her too much and she's able to hatch the eggs!

  11. Here-Sun-no-wind...



    "When green buds hang in the elm like dust
    And sprinkle the lime like rain,
    Forth I wander, forth I must,
    And drink of life again."

    ~A. E. Housman

  12. I sometimes wake up early...before dawn and my favorite thing is when the birds wake up and keep me company.
    I love that poem. I hope you find a nest to peek into soon.

  13. A lovely poem...to start a beautiful spring day. The sun is shining...and I'm heading out.

    There aren't too many peepers peeping over here in the evening. I'd like it if they did!

  14. Ah, Vee, that poem is a keeper. Somewhere in the recesses of my memory the words struck a chord - I know I've heard or read it before but your post brought it back so beautifully.

  15. A story of spring. The silent mornings along my walks I hear the birds singing....and I'm enjoying the sights of some nesting birds from my deck. Love that poem.

  16. Funny, we're huge bird feeders here and just yesterday were talking about how loud (and wonderful) their songs are.....and I have never noticed they all just STOP.

    That is a great observation and I am going to listen now for it.

    I DEFINATELY notice if there just isn't birdsong. In fact when we moved here I was all about a few things:

    1.) not enough birds b/c not enough trees, so we planted over 50

    2.) the people before us fed the deer but not the birds. Reverse that and make things right for us.

    3.) Keep it up for years and watch the changeover

    Thanks! GREAT post!@ Heading over to see that vid of th e robins now.

    Have a great weekend, Vee!

  17. This sunshine we are getting has muddled my brain. I'll come back later after my trip out into the sunshine to listen and watch the links! Have a beautiful day!

  18. I love the symphony of bird song but love the night sounds too.

    That's the reason I am reluctant to keep the a/c on......blocks all of the nature music.

    Beautiful post.....as always.

  19. Hi Vee, You changed your header. I miss your window, though, I love your kitchen window. Anyhoo, we have birds around here that start singing around 3:00 am, and sometimes they wake me up, but I don't mind, as long as I fall right back to Dreamland! Happy Mother's Day Vee, hope it is as special as you are. xo

  20. I love your new header, Vee. I hate changing mine. I can never seem to get it right. Someone (hint) should do a tutorial. An easy one.

    We don't hear spring peepers here, but did up at our home in Parksville. They can be almost deafening at times. But lulling.

    Hope your day is going well.

  21. I put a small pond in our front garden and a large pond/waterfall in the back. I think we have a courtship started from front to back with my bedroom right in the middle. LOL they can really get loud when excited. I truly hope they will get together some day!!!

  22. This is my first opportunity to sit at the computer today. You shared the perfect post. I enjoyed the poem and then the trip to watch the video. How sweet! It was really something to see the reaction of the parent when he/she returned with food to find an empty nest. That response truly shows where the saying "empty nest syndrome" started.

  23. I'll second Lorrie about your doing a header tutorial, Vee..as long as it doesn't reqire Photoshop software which I don't own..lol

    I also loved the poem and I'm going to save it in my poetry files. I saw and loved the same robin video last year --I also saved it in my files.

    No peepers here -- I have to tell time by the decrease in traffic coming down my street...sigh.

    Have a wonderful Mother's Day this weekend!

  24. The cessation of the peepers' song will never keep me from sleeping if they go to bed that early. I (for good or bad, although I suspect it's bad) am a confirmed night owl, so I am up long past the peepers.
    What a sweet poem...I've never heard it before.
    I must go to view the robin video later on. We are treating ourselves to dinner out after a long and stressful week of renovations and sickness. (I am the one who was stressed. I do not like to be the carpenter's assistant. Too much pressure to measure correctly...and mistakes are costly. Ack!)

  25. A charming post for springtime and Mother's Day too. The poem is so sweet.
    I'm glad you directed us to the video. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The camera man/woman did a fantastic job.
    Wishing you a very Happy Mother's Day.

  26. The peepers started early here this year....I love to hear them....

    I like your new header! So pretty and soothing....

    Have a lovely weekend!


  27. Hi Vee,
    I am finally back online tonight, I wanted to make sure I stopped by your home first on my visit here in blogland. I have missed not visiting and have read your previous posts, and enjoyed them very much.
    The poem you have shared is precious, and I so look forward to the spring peepers too, thanks for the links, I will visit.
    I want to wish you a most blessed and happy Mother's Day.

  28. I love this wonderful poem! I'm going to check out the site on the spring peepers....

    Happy Mother's Day Vee!!!

  29. Hi sweet Vee!! What a precious poem...you KNOW I love it!!! Thank you so much for the link love...my heart just aches when I see the robin reach the nest with food and all the babies are gone!! So bittersweet ~ Have a wonderful weekend and especially a beautiful Mother's Day dear friend, hugs and love, Dawn

  30. hi vee, that was the most lovely little video. totally made my day. i liked the shots of the mother bird sitting on the (swinging) nest in the pouring rain. too cute. how darling. thanks for sharing this. i have watched robins nest for years in the crabapple tree at my mom's house but have not witnessed the full process.

    xo terri

  31. I heard a woman once say she'd heard about a scientific study that linked birds singing to the branches budding. What a wonderful thought. Happy Mother's Day! xo

  32. I love your new header and your plain white background....makes your photos show up so much better :)
    Have a good Mother's Day tomorrow.
    xo bj

  33. No I hadn't noticed when they stop but I sure notice when they START! 4:30 am every morning. It's pitch black outside so I don't understand what they're doing/saying. They keep it up until around 6 am.

    Have a wonderful Mother's Day!

  34. The tulips against the dramatic back drop of white lace is just stunning.


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