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Nest

Yesterday when I went out to my car, I found a present from the birds. Not the usual kind, either, which is nice, because I hate to be ungrateful and swear at their offerings while I attack them with windshield wipers. The birds give me lots of presents because there is a friendly tree that overhangs my parking spot in the driveway.

There, on the hood of my car, upside down, was an entire nest. I turned it over anxiously, afraid that there might be scrambled eggs underneath, or little carcasses. Nope. Just a pristine and perfect example of bird ingenuity. The bottom is curved to fit over a branch. One of the grasses used to build it sprouted.

I don’t know whether the nest plummeted before the birds managed to lay eggs in it or whether the small ones have already flown. There were no egg shards that I could find. Personally, I hope the babies have already outgrown the nest and are off giving gifts to other people’s cars.

I passed the gift along to T.R., who took it to school today to share with his science class. I guess I’m feeding my own baby bird.

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gomijacogeo
Apr. 16th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
Trust me, you'd be able to tell a used nest. Mostly from the downy feathers that get stuck in everything, but also little birds' potty habits aren't exactly perfect.
jan_can_too
Apr. 16th, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
So does that mean that the birds have to start over? Or is it now hopeless for them?
gomijacogeo
Apr. 16th, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
My understanding is that bird are pretty good nest builders (i.e. it is an investment, but not a huge one). And nestbuilding attempts fail pretty frequently. So, they get a few chances. Used to know some hard-core bird folks, but sadly they've fallen out of my social circle.
happy_potterer
Apr. 16th, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
How beautiful!
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