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Lately, it seems like birds are everywhere. We've watched our baby doves fledge (and we can get into the side yard again now that mama is finished sitting on the nest). The LB tells me that there is a dove's nest in the courtyard at school too. He was outside, getting a drink of water, when he heard lots of "cheeping" above his head, he says. He looked up and saw baby birds poking their heads out of a nest built in the crook of a drainage pipe. I told him that we have to leave baby birds alone and maybe he should keep his discovery quiet. He looked sheepish and that's when I knew that he'd already told his whole class.
At home, we're now watching (more cautiously and from inside the house) as our resident road-runners create a nest in the vigas (beams) above our courtyard. They fly up with twigs and small branches in their beaks, using the trunk of the trumpet-vine as a stepping stone. Sometimes they drop their twigs and have to come down to pick them up. They're determined; the other day, I watched one of the pair - the male, I think - descend five separate times to pick up the same stick. He'd drop it, fly down to pick it up, fly up to a low part of the vine's trunk, drop the stick, and start all over again. They really want to build that nest.
I've had birds on my mind for a couple of months. In March, the Color Collaborative wrote about birds (my post is here), and I looked to books and the internet for ideas. One place I always look for visual inspiration is Etsy. I make treasuries from time to time, just pulling together some items I like on a general theme (you can see two others here). I've added bird-related art, jewelry, fashion and home decor, some very obviously bird-based, some less so, but I find them all interesting. You can click on each of the photos for more info on the item.
What are the birds doing where you are?
* This is not a sponsored post and I have no connection to any of the sellers, I'm just sharing some things I like.