Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Feathered Nest


Gusty winds the other day must have dislodged this nest, I found it on the ground

Little nest 1

It’s a work of art, dainty, only four inches wide and two deep, it’s constructed from a wide selection of materials, lichens, mosses, twigs, we could identify, both cat and the dog hair and it’s  lined with feathers

Little nest 2

We were impressed by it’s craftsmanship and as Tom commented

‘ And just think, birds haven’t got any hands.’

He has a point, you try building that with no other tool than a beak!

Sadly they will have to start all over again, with better foundations.

Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

7 thoughts on “Feathered Nest

  1. What a lovely nest. It truly is a work of art. I think that’s one of the best made nests I’ve ever seen. It’s too bad they’ll have to begin again.

  2. So beautiful – and such a pretty colour. I’ve never seen a green nest before. Have you any idea which kind of bird made it?

  3. I imagine it was green because it was so ‘fresh’ and hadn’t had time for the lichens and mosses to loose their colour. There was no sign of any eggs, what do you think, a finch maybe?

  4. Neat bird nest and a green one! I haven’t seen a green bird nest before. I enjoy looking at bird nests and how they are constructed. Amazing how the bird nest is tightly wound in a circle. 🙂

  5. What a wonderful nest, but such a shame it won’t get used! xx

  6. What a shame, all that work for nothing. Still it was better that it fell down now than when there were eggs or chicks in there.

    We had a pair of house finches nesting in a hanging basket on our porch last year. It was marvelous to watch the whole process from nest building, to the young fledging and leaving the nest for the first time.

    And nobody gives them any training in how to build a nest, they just know by instinct. Isn’t nature wonderful?

  7. Our collared doves had their chicks snatched from out of the nest by a crow last week. But they are starting all over again with a new family now. At least they don’t have to make a new nest as well – the old seems to be still usable, albeit badly positioned in a rather public place near our bird feeders.

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