The Amazing Nest

Posted on January 6, 2009

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It’s a beautiful sunny morning in the drumlins and I decided it was a good day to try to capture the Amazing Nest.  Donning my brand new Professional Strength YakTrax, I set off.  I didn’t have far to go, but there was climbing involved.

I first saw the Amazing Nest in the fall when the leaves came down.  Before then it was well hidden and well-defended, high in a maple in front of the Writing Studio and Bait Shop.  It balanced far out at the end of a slender branch, where no cat or squirrel or raccoon could reach it.  With the trees bare, it looked like a dry leaf caught in the branches.  Surely the autumn rains would knock it out of the tree.  But no.  The sturdy little nest hung on.  Every now and then it would catch my eye.  Huh, I would think.  It’s still there.  Imagine that

If you recall, we have had some pretty interesting weather here this winter.  Howling gales and ice and snow and more snow and more howling gales.  Whole trees came down.  Power lines came down.  But the Amazing Nest remained.  I have developed a healthy respect for the tiny builder.  I would like that builder to do some work on my house, which is also situated precariously.  Today’s post honors tenacity and craftsmanship.

The Amazing Nest

The Amazing Nest

The Amazing Nest in context

The Amazing Nest in context

What I would like to know, should any of you be talented naturalists, is what bird accomplished this feat?

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