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Monday, April 16, 2012

N is for Nest


When fall comes each year and the leaves fall from the trees, one of my favorite things
 is to see the birds nests that were hidden away during the spring and summer.  If there
 are any low enough for me to reach I like to peak inside or if it's an exceptionally
 pretty nest, I have been known to take it down and keep it.  I found this one
 years ago with one little unhatched egg inside.  I carefully wedged it down into
 this vintage jar and it has made a cheerful statement in my home ever since. 

I've joined the A to Z Challenge for the month of April!
We're talking about the letter N all day, Monday the 15th!



55 comments:

  1. I can't say I have ever harvested a bird nest, but yours is so sweet! maybe come fall I will look for one.

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    1. I hope a pretty one is revealed to you when the leaves fall! :)

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  2. That looks really nice. I really like how it looks within the glass container. When I was young I used to take the bird's nests I came across, but this all stopped one day when I was around 12 or 13, where within this nest up in the second branch of the tree, there was this disgusting broken egg, all slimy and whatnot…yeah, I freaked a bit lol But despite that somewhat scarring experience I never lost the appreciation for the artistry of a bird's nest

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    1. Oh yeah,...you don't want to break an old egg..lol. In time they petrify...so, they are solid inside but still stinky. And yeah, I know that from experience! haha. I thought the jar was a pretty way to display it, and also keeps it safe with 4 boys around. ha.

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  3. I also love nests and collected a couple until my friend told me birds will come back to thier nests, after that i left them in the trees, I felt like a home wrecker, lol!Your photos are beautiful!

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    1. Oh, I've never heard that. You know, they aren't in very good shape if they go through the winter here. The weather is to windy and harsh I guess. Although, I did see finches one time trying out an old nest for size, so to speak, so maybe they do if they are in good shape.

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  4. That looks lovely. Is that Robin bird's egg?

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  5. I love how you put the nest in that jar! I am going to do that!

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    1. Oh, great...I'd love to see a photo if you do it!

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  6. I'm not sure how I feel about this. One hand, it's pretty cool that you trapped nature in a jar. On the other hand, birds were in that. LOL You're always so creative ;)

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    1. trapped? haha...think of it as preserved. :)

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  7. that is a very cool decoration you created out of the nest betsy...

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    1. thanks, brian...it looks pretty nice with my old bottles. :)

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  8. Oh Betsy ~ What a precious statement. I too love bird nests, and only have one "real" one. Love the way it looks in the vintage bottle. Nice!

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    1. I only have one real one..this one. I did have more but when I uncluttered a bunch of junk out of my house, the others went away. lol. I do have a tiny one from a humming bird that is with my Christmas decorations. I put it on the tree each year. :)

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  9. I love nests too, and I save too LOL, I think I have two or three well you know this dove that made a nest over the house but always nest amazing me are love the wor the birds make:)
    I have them with the plants outside! LOL

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    1. outside with the plants is a great idea! :)

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    2. I think look lovely Betsy!! How waa your day with the cats?

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    3. The cats are great...they were really hungry and thirsty and slept most of the day out in the sun. It was a beautiful day here...so nice!

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    4. here we have a hot day betsy but in the night is cold. And we have yo go with Rex to the doctor, maybe he is sick Im worry by him, is the most older of my dogs:(

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    5. The cats live a lot of years didnt?? this is I heard, but dogs not

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    6. oh, sorry about Rex. Yes, cats live 18-20 years! My two I used to have lived 16 and 18 years.

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    7. Yes I think is bad Betsy:(

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  10. The nerve of you
    After all that work that came due
    Stealing the birds poor nest
    Like some nest stealing pest
    And making them build a new one each year
    When they come near..LMAO
    Of course if the cats eat them first
    Then you just quenched your decorative thirst
    And yeah capturing nature in a jar
    Surely looks good at your bar
    Maybe that egg will hatch on day
    And be some evil alien on display

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    1. haha...well, it's been years!
      of it hatching now I have no fear.
      But if it did, to the zoo I would add
      even though an evil alien would be weird a tad.

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    2. haha maybe it would be a magic dragon egg or a cyclops one
      Either of those would be fun
      Or you could get your elephant at your sea
      They don't come out of eggs but I suppose it could be a flea

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    3. a cyclops would be fun
      they've been on my mind a ton.
      A flea would not be good
      give it to Jax, I would!

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    4. LOL good place for it to go
      And if a cyclops did show
      If could be a mascot or something
      And give a ring..haha

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    5. I think a cyclops mascot would be better at your show
      it's your mind that makes those kind of things go
      But Orlin could be jealous a bit
      especially if his theme song was a hit.
      I know Cassie wouldn't be a fan
      she would think him a rather strange man.

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  11. hey, my Mom and I collect nests too! the little ones are my favorite! What a neat way to 'preserve' one in a pretty jar!

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    1. really? how very neat...great minds, right? :)

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  12. I love the jar and the nests - so pretty!
    Ive featured your blog link in the upper left part of my blog. =)

    Join me for a Autism Awareness Blog hop - ending April 17th!
    http://readingnks.blogspot.com/

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    1. hey, melissa..that sounds like fun! Count me in!

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  13. Love the idea of saving the nest and using a jar to display it! We had a nest in a backyard light, but the baby birds had fallen out and died. I was so sad to see that.
    Looks like you have your hands full with life, and yet you still blog. You go girl! And go Team Tina!
    Tina @ Life is Good
    Co-Host of the April A to Z Challenge
    Twitter: @AprilA2Z #atozchallenge

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    1. wow...I've never heard of all the babies falling out like that. I bet a predator had something to do with that.

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  14. Martha Stewart never made anything as beautiful....I love this.

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  15. What a wonderfully creative way to save the nest! I'll have to remember this. Our little finch family that built their nest in the clothes pin bag again had a clutch of five eggs. I'm afraid to disturb them and see how many hatched. I hear them cheeping when mom or dad come to feed them.

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    1. aw...that is so cute...in the clothes pin bag! haha.

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  16. Gosh!! You are the first person I know who does this! LOL!! It's a perfect little nest with a perfect little egg! Take care
    x

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    1. first person, huh...lol...well, I've always been a little weird. haha.

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  17. With all kinds of birds in your backyard, I'm sure you have seen a lot of empty nests.
    Your nest underglass is a great symbol.

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    1. most of them are high up in the pine trees and I don't ever get to see them!

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  18. My daughter and I took a nature walk last week and saw loads of nests (not just birds either!) - it was great!

    *from yesterday, very observant, yes, needed to change my name due to the nature of my blog =) *

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    1. your nature walk sound fabulous! We've had the perfect weather to do that lately!

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  19. Perfect for "N"...I love nests, too.

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    1. N was easy...but I'm drawing a blank on a couple of upcoming letters! lol.

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  20. Oh...Betsy....I like your DOING comment...funny about "reclaiming" your house. That's how I feel today...oldest daughter went home yesterday. It was nice...but always nice to "reclaim" your house ;~)
    Take care,
    Nancy
    Now I need to do a blog post of my own...later today. 8~)

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    1. Oh, I hope you've enjoyed reclaiming your house today, too! ha. I enjoyed puttering this morning in the silence...picking up the remainins of the weekend and putting each room back together...not really heavy cleaning, just straightening. ha. After I did dishes and made the beds, the place looked pretty good! :)

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  21. Hi Betsy .. always love your photos - they're so clear - N for nest is a good word for you ... re the family and re those little critters keeping clear of 'dem prowling monsters on the ground .. cheers Hilary

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  22. People would spend good money to have that nest in a jar especially with the egg but perhaps it's priceless to you. I have something similar but it's adorned under a glass cake dome.

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