Well, here's the latest news. The "sandhogs" came today (Friday) and began digging. Then around 4 p.m., they knocked off for the day, left their equipment and their dirt piles as is, and went home. They managed to make a little progress--they have bored past 3 houses, and have 3 to go before they get to our house. They managed to break one neighbor's water line, and they chopped up the edge of his driveway.
Oh goody--I can't wait for them to get to our house.
And this morning, the fanatical robin was back. So I walked very carefully around our house. And then, I saw Junior. He (or she) was sitting in our window well, which is about 2 feet deep. I thought about leaving Junior there, but it has been terribly hot (up to 95 degrees F today), and I thought it might be better to get the baby bird out. It had been there long enough to leave poop behind (I have been learning from my fellow bloggers who are more scientifically inclined than I that poop is an important indicator!).
I pulled on garden gloves, lifted Junior out and on to the lawn. Well, he took offense at being photographed, and suddenly went wildly hopping away, out on to the street, and across the yard and landed under an evergreen bush. Mama Robin frantically followed him, scolding me. I felt like saying--really, Mama, cool it. I checked back later in the afternoon, and Junior had moved somewhere else. I must admit--Junior is very cute with his wonky baby feathers molting away.
Tomorrow--more digging? Nah--it's Saturday. More chirping? Maybe, especially if Junior breaks curfew again.
BREAKING NEWS--It is now Saturday morning and the "sandhogs" were out there at 6:30 a.m.! Can't believe it--but I'll bet they get to our driveway by 4 p.m.--then we will have a dirt pile next to our house for the remainder of the weekend! Oh, Great.
UPDATE--Spoke too soon. This must have been a meeting place, because after a bit, the men disappeared taking their equipment truck with them. No digging today. Also no chirping mama--hope that means Junior has "mastered" flying.