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Friday, April 20, 2018

Saturday's Critters

One day we drove down to the nearby ponds, hoping to see some newly hatched Canada Geese - something caught my eye in a Flowering Quince bush.  This cute little Bushtit was busy building or tidying up the nest.  It was hard to get a good photo - as she hopped in and out so fast.


 She was using spider webs to fasten the nest to the branches of the bush.

 Lots of moss and lichens went into building the nest.
 The nest is very long - like a sock - so I couldn't see if there were any eggs or babies in it - though I doubt there were babies, as the mother was not bringing any food in, only materials for nest building.

 We stopped by on a different day - that was rather rainy - but didn't see the little bird.


We'll keep going back - this is only a few blocks from our house.


19 comments:

Small City Scenes said...

Oh my---I hope she hasn't abandoned this mighty structure. That is a lot of work. Please keep checking up on her and let us know.
Nice to see you on the blog again.
MB

Ella said...

Nature doesn't need words to impress us!
You made some pretty pictures with the little nest!
Excellent post!
Have a nice day!
Greetings!

Powell River Books said...

You got a few good shots of her. That's quite a big nest. Lots of work to make and maintain. - Margy

The Weaver of Grass said...

Lovely photographs JoAnn, both of the tit and of what I would call 'flowering currant'. It looks like the nest of what we could call a long tailed tit so maybe they are relations.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Not sure my comment has arrived on your site JoAnn, so here it is again. Lovely photographs, both of the tit and of the bush we would call flowering currant. Our long tailed tit makes a nest like this so maybe the birds are related.

Tom said...

...pretty neighborhood to set up housekeeping.

eileeninmd said...

Hello JoAnn, What a pretty spot for the bird's nest. The blooms are lovely. Cute captures of the Bushtit. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Thanks also for the comment on my post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Lea said...

Amazing!
Have a great weekend!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That is the prettiest little nest I've ever seen. Something an artist would paint or the craft store would try to duplicate. Nature is indeed awesome! Enjoy your weekend dear friend. Hugs, Diane

Debra She Who Seeks said...

She is quite the architect!

Betty Crow said...

I hope you get to see the young ones. Interesting way to build a nest and great way to re-purpose spider webs. :) I look forward to the follow up visits.

Victoria said...

You got some good photos, and what a beautiful little next she created!

Kay said...

What a sweet looking little nest. And it looks like a perfect "neighborhood" for a new home, too. What a pretty site!

Angie said...

What a 'sock' for one little bird to weave. I am impressed beyond words. And thanks for telling us the materials - I was trying to work it out!!! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Candy S said...

What fun! You have a sharp eye to catch sight of the nest tucked away in the branches of this Flowering Quince bush. The nest looks so big for such a tiny bird But I am sure it will be very cozy to shelter her babies in.

Hugs..... Candy

Julie Fukuda said...

Looks like a cozy corner for a rainy day. I am now waiting with great expectations for the next showing.

Susie said...

Thank you JoAnn, I have never heard of that bird or seen such a nest. I pray the little bird is safe. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

Patio Postcards said...

WOW to the bird's use of spider web & WOW to you catching this moment on film

Kim said...

I am always amazed of the complexities birds building their nest. I have never heard of a long sock-like nest. Nature is truly amazing!