A few days ago, on our back deck railing, I noticed something going on behind these leaves.
A bird kept zipping back and forth all day long, to and from this four inch wide railing. And when I figured out that this bird was building a nest, I couldn’t believe my luck – I was so excited that I was going to get to witness this part of nature taking place right on our deck, just steps away from our family room windows. BTW, these windows are very large (practically cover an entire wall), perfect for prime viewing. And I couldn’t help wondering if the little birdie on the other side of this window, looking in, would see Bill, Brook and me like fish in a bowl. This brought up other thoughts, but I’ll tuck these away for another time.
Here’s a closer view of what the bird has built. Can you imagine how many trips it must’ve taken for this bird to gather all of these twigs and grass clippings, one tiny beakful at a time? And on top of these dry pieces, it appears that the bird used something else that looks like mud to keep everything packed together. As far as I could tell, this bird worked alone building the nest. This kind of diligence and commitment is awe-inspiring.
Besides the fact that this bird was able to build this sturdy home all by its lonesome, if you take a closer look you’ll see the amazing sculptural artistry. The cascading tendrils of twigs absolutely swept my breath away. And it looks like the bird used a lighter, more whispy-like plant material around the bottom, outer edge.
Here’s a view of the nest’s interior. Doesn’t it look so cozy and cocoon-like? And at the same time it has a light, airy-feel – the open top lets in plenty of sunshine and allows the fresh air to circulate.
And speaking of breathing space, I didn’t want to disturb the bird too much so I tried my best to stay away. This lasted a whole 4 or 5 hours before I gave in. After making sure that the bird had gone out (I saw this from our family room window) I went back for one more quick visit. And look at what was nestled inside…a bright, blue, beautiful, teeny-tiny egg!
What an awesome sight to witness. I wasn’t expecting this at all (can you tell I grew up around the city?) What else would the nest be for, right? Anyway, because I spent most of my years as a city girl, I’m really quite behind on my knowledge of nature, but I’m getting there. Perhaps my inexperience with nature makes me that much more curious and fascinated by it, since I’m literally seeing things for the very first time. Getting a closer look at the many wonders of nature often inspires me to create tangible objects and art pieces - it’s my way of showing appreciation. I’m in such awe of this little, hardworking birdie – I can hardly believe that it accomplished this mighty task by creating this masterpiece all through instinct…now that’s following your gut to the max!
For the past few years I’ve been obsessed with these winged-creatures, and they’ve often been the inspiration behind my various art projects. For instance, here are some bird figures that I created using Das clay (air-drying clay.) These pieces were published in a previous issue of Somerset Life. Within my article, Blissful Adornments, you’ll find the how-to instructions to make these charms.