4.17.2008

a bird in hand..is worth two from my backyard.



well i decided to write a bit about WHY and HOW i have come to love nests so much.
when i was little i dreampt of finding a baby bird that needed my help, that i could feed and take care of and would sleep on my pillow~ and wake me with chirps. (you know the mind of a 7-10 year old is mysterious and vast!) i was always thinking about it and on the look out for any baby birds that had fallen from the nest.
then when i got a bit older i started finding abandoned nests in the woods lined with clay and lichen. i was fascinated. fascinated to learn that the birds collected all types of goodies for the nests. i started leaving out bits of string and yarn. (think friendship bracelets and those woven pot holders!) and to my ultimate happiness i would find bits of those treasures lining the next nest.
but my most favored and cherished story is of my dear friend jean (think beatrix potter meets an avid gardener in straw sun bonnet).
when jean and i were talking of our love of nests one afternoon and she relayed this story:
while walking among her gardens and peering in to nests she was often delighted to discover~
that the birds had lined there nests with strands of her silvery hair.
just think, how gentle and delicate the beak that collects the single strands of silvery locks to line it's nest. think of the care.
this years nest are dedicated to jean and to those fanciful birds who knew without a doubt that they had found the ultimate treasure ~ a sliver or two of true silver for sprucing up the nest.
wow.

17 comments:

Rosebud Collection said...

What a beautiful job you did and they are lovely..I enjoy seeing nests and look for them also.

littlebyRD said...

I love this story! I found a nest last year in our back yard and woven throughout it was lots of our German Shepards hair. So sweet.

Amy said...

I love them, so sweet!

Anonymous said...

Very neat and I just sent one of your nests to my sister who will love it I am sure!

Merka said...

What a beautiful post. Thanks for sharing. We had bird nests last year in our potted plants that were woven with a cigarette filter. Crafty.

Ravenhill said...

Your nests are so beautiful. I am enjoying seeing your handmade items changing with the seasons!

TheSingingBird said...

a precious and beautiful post

missfire said...

When I was little and my dad cut my hair, we always put the hair out on the porch so the birds could use it. :)

The Nature Nut said...

Oh my - I think we're going to have to be best buds! I am a bird and nest entheusiast too!!!

FairiesNest said...

The nests are so sweet! I like to put out leftover small pieces of yarn in the spring ...it's so fun to later find a bright colored strand in a nest!

Lorelei said...

I haven't been lucky enough to find my own little nest yet, but my father found the cutest smallest hummingbird nest that is the sweetest thing!
Love your blog, found you in the Forum posts!
:)

http://lorelei1141.blogspot.com

~Stella said...

What a beautiful story! The nests are lovely!

woolies said...

wonderful.
We have nests now, in the eaves of our porch. The birds are very very busy and get very annoyed at the dogs if they come sniffing around.
I found a half-made nest that the wind blew down the other day. I, too, love what they use for their nests.
:0)

ThePeachTree said...

Just when I think you can't get any better :)

mosey handmade said...

it's so great hearing everyone else's nest storues! i never imagined it!
xo
p.s. peach~ you are the sweetest!

LittleSun said...

What a wonderful topic for Earthday
Tomorrow)

Safari Lee said...

They are so adorable. Your post bought back memories from my childhood when we used to find these tiny nests with little pale blue eggs in them. Wonderful!