Monday, July 30, 2012

A Tiny Treasure Found

I found this tiny nest on the ground under one of our trees this morning. It's a tiny thing, only three inches in diameter,and the center measures just two inches across.

This spring I found one of the dog's toys in the yard. It was made with several colorful strings knotted together. When I found it all raveled and torn, I almost threw it in the trash. Then I rememberd a blog post I saw a few years ago where someone put out little bits of lint and strings around the yard for the birds to use in their nests. I'm so glad this little mother bird chose to use them. It also looks like she made use of the old shredded plastic weed barrier that's left in the garden.

How curious is the nest no other bird
Uses such loose materials, or weaves
Their dwellings in such spots - dead oaken leaves
Are placed without & velvet moss within
& little scraps of grass - & scant & spare
Of what seems scarce materials down & hair
For from mans haunts she seemeth nought to win
Yet nature is the builder & contrives
Homes for her children’s comfort even here
~John Clare

I dont' know much about birds so if anyone can tell me what kind of bird would make a nest so small, I'd love to know.


richelle said...

Cute! I love birds' nests--finding one and examing it up close always makes me feel such a sense of a wonderful 'Otherness.' I've tried to ID them in the past (because I know nothing about them, or birds, or anything really!) and there are a few ID places; Here's one that looks pretty good:

Maybe a bluebird?

Lela said...

They are works of art - I found one this spring too...but I was warned that I probably shouldn't bring it in the house. Or at least spray it good with bug spray.

Numinosity said...

Sweet little nest. What a treasure and the manmade touches make it even more special and artistically pleasing.

Dori said...

Such a beautiful little treasure. I love bird nests! I have brought in a few over the years. I seal them in a plastic bag and freeze them for a few days to kill bugs or little mites. : )

VS said...

I adore bird nest too, yours is delightful & makes me smile!!! How wonderful to actually see tidbits of your life wrapped so intricately into a new home...
Big Hugs Sweet Alice!!!

kimmykats said...

For years I had a nest made from my best friend Goldie's fur. It was a treasure to me. I have had the pleasure tonight of watching baby hummers come to the feeder!

Burlap Luxe said...

Its the best little found nest.
I hope you keep it under a cloche somewhere sweet to enjoy its natures beauty.


If I Were A Bird

If I were a bird, I'd sing a song
and fly about the whole day long
and when the night comes, go to rest, Up in my cozy little nest.

~by Jackie Silberg

Patti Vanderbloemen said...

I love birds nests! I am blessed to live on a lot covered with trees...I have 7 bird feeders and marvel at each and every bird that stops off for a quick snack. I cannot help you with identifying what type of bird would build that nest, bur I have watched robins build a complete nest-start to finish-in amatter of hours! I marvel at their use of materials!

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Shari Replogle said...

Hi Alice,
I collect these tiny nests for my daughter. (when i find them on the ground abandoned of course). I just adore nests in general , but when you see all of the work that goes into the tiny intricate ones it makes one just admire in awe.
Thanks for visiting me on the bead soup party :)

Mags said...

I just love this cute little nest! You made such lovely photos, too!

Thank you for visiting my bead soup blog post :-)