You've seen the commercials for Topsy-Turvys, right? Apparently, everyone has. I actually haven't, because I only watch TV off Netflix Watch Instantly, and never see commercials. But while investigating about container gardening, I read about them, and I thought they sounded cool, but problematic. Seems like a lot of people struggle to make things grow out of them, but I wanted to try anyway. And I wanted to make my own, which I'd read on the internet I could do.
So, I took a large juice bottle, like the kind that they sell Hawaiian Punch in, cut the bottom off, put duct tape around the whole thing (because roots die if they're exposed to sunlight), drilled a hole on either side to put twine through, and put a plum tomato plant out the bottom, the former spout.
|My homemade Topsy-Turvy|
Then, one morning, I got up on my chair with my watering can and immediately screeched. There was a bird sitting in the top of my planter! She scared me, and I retreated off the chair. Mama Bird was unmoved, though; she remained, stoically staking her claim to this brilliant spot. I got my camera to take a picture of her. I shot off only one blurry pic before my camera's zoom buzz spooked her and she took off. Then I climbed on my chair to see if there was an egg or anything where she'd been sitting.
When I got home, Mama Bird was back. I shot some pictures, and this time she just eyed me with suspicion, but didn't fly away.
The next time she was gone, I got my chair, a container of water, and the camera and took another gander at the nest.
A day later, I was sitting in my living room when I heard the trill again and I went to check it out. Turns out, she makes that noise whenever she takes off or lands, and once again, she was gone. I wanted to water my plant and spy on her home up close with my camera, so I gathered my supplies and climbed onto the chair. Sure enough, Mama had lain another egg.
How many more will she lay? I hope a couple more! I couldn't be more excited if I had laid these eggs myself. She gets more active every day. Maybe she's preparing for them to hatch? I was finally able to get a pretty good picture of Mama Bird today, maybe you readers can help me identify her? I really do not know what kind of bird she is, but I'm very curious.