An old expression that Joe and I say to each other, often. It always brings a laugh. We remember our Grandma's saying this years ago.
Here's the reason for the expression...
I'm in the kitchen making stuffed peppers for dinner. I'm standing at the counter, facing the patio doors, when I spot a male Cardinal on the feeder. He is feeding one of his young ( I thought.) The baby was so sweet....bending way down and begging to be fed over and over. I call Joe to watch and it's something that I haven't seen before. Wouldn't you know it...my camera batteries are charging for our trip this weekend. Not wanting to scare the birds away, I make my way over to the table and sit and watch for a long time. Sitting like a statue... not wanting to turn the pages of the newspaper lying there. Pretty soon our resident Cowbird lands on the feeder, along with his mate. Then the female Cardinal comes. Four birds were sitting together and eating. They all were taking care of this baby. I know that Cowbirds are known for laying their eggs in another bird's nest....and then the other birds take care of their young, but today, I found that wasn't always the case. Do you suppose that the Cardinals hatched the egg and now both sets of parents are looking out for this little one? I'm wondering if this is the only baby. Oh, how spoiled he will be :)