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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Bird's Nest With Eggs

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Birds, feathers, nests, eggs...

Alone each one is beautiful and often the subject
of watercolors, photographs, vignettes,
china patterns, fabric designs, wallpaper...

but two aviary items found together are
more than twice the impact of one found alone.

Finding a bird's nest with eggs in the greenhouse
multiplied the pleasure of finding the nest alone.

Palest blue with brown specks...
Could I have special ordered a more beautiful nest with eggs?

Open lacy veined dead leaves,
brown curled mottled leaves,
long twisted twigs of varying thicknesses,
fine wisps of curving dried grasses
shelter the two eggs.

One eggshell remnant and one intact egg
suggest at least one hatchling
before the nest was probably abandoned by its owner.

Discovered high inside the greenhouse,
just inside on a small ledge, a bird had sought a sheltered spot
through a loose plastic flap to build its nest.
While trying to gently relocate the nest,
it tumbled to a larger shelf below,
revealing its treasured contents.

Disturbed nests are often abandoned.

Our two wooded acres outside any city limits 
provide a natural habitat for small animals, birds, and insects. 
Careful stewardship of the small landholding 
insures the smallest amount of pesticides, fertilizers,  
weed killers, and other chemicals are used. 

Nature rewards us by not only visiting, but also
by residing on the small preserve filled
with trees, both living and fallen.

Not just this bird's nest was in the greenhouse.

On the opposite end, on a high shelf inside a bookcase,
we found a second bird's nest.
No eggs.

Joy was more than quadrupled upon finding
the second bird's nest.

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