Bird’s nests fascinate me. I love finding them, in little bushes alongside the parking lots of businesses, in trees near busy intersections, on the back sides of traffic signs visible only from the glassed-in walkway between the parking garage and Barnes Jewish Hospital and any other place I happen to come across them. Bird’s nest spotting is a favorite winter activity for me- when the leaves fall, things show themselves and it’s like peeking behind the stage curtain to see where the drama of avian home life happened.
It’s always interesting to see how nests are built, what materials they are constructed out of, what little oddities got incorporated into the construction. Feathers, bits of cloth, strips of plastic, moss, twigs, pet hair and mud are all ingredients I’ve seen used with more skill and craftsmanship (so to speak) or less. Birds, it seems, are like people in some ways. Some measure twice and weave once, others just cob something together.
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