This mommy sparrow and her mate were dutifully watching over their nest of cheeping baby birds today in our yard. I watched them all spring as they built a cozy little pad in the birdhouse, lining it with lots of grass and bits string and plastic. Now the pair take turns flying out in search of food and sitting on the telephone line, keeping a close eye out for predators, day in and day out. What dedicated parents!
To all the moms out there, human, avian, or otherwise, much gratitude and love -- we can't do this without you!