Monday, May 23, 2011
nests & things
i am a collector of many things. tattered fortunes from fortune cookies eaten, seashells and sea glass, sand dollars, smooth stones, corks of wine bottles from celebrations past, and found feathers. i am sentimental it seems. i love finding special feathers, but had yet to find a downed nest. i commented to my mom about this and she remembered she had a nest somewhere. she had found it a few years ago while we all lived in pennsylvania. she quickly found it stored in a cupboard and gifted it to me along with a new blue jay feather she had found in her yard that day. 2 beautiful new treasures. i was a happy girl.
speaking of nests, there is a nest in the eaves of our carport/garage area i have been keeping my eye on this spring. it is too high for me to see, so with the help of our ladder i have been climbing up hoping to find some eggs. many days, no bird in sight, no eggs. i was beginning to think that perhaps the nest was abandoned for some reason. then yesterday i climbed up and there were 4 eggs! i have never seen a nest with eggs up close this way, so when i climbed down and looked at the images in my camera i was confused why 1 egg was larger and spotted. my husband and i came inside and through the internet we discovered we have a rogue cowbird egg. this is not good news. i have since learned, cowbirds are brood parasites, laying their eggs in nests of other perching birds, then leaving their egg to be hatched and nurtured by the other species. if the egg is discarded by the nesting bird the cowbird may return to the nest and then destroy the rest of the nest, or if hatched the cowbird is usually bigger than the other eggs and hatch lings, hence causing problems in nurturing the original babies. i was so happy to see eggs, but now i am a little heartbroken wondering what will become of all these eggs. what will nature's outcome be? i do hope it is a happy ending....