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

Nest Building


It’s a beautiful morning, I’ve thrown the windows open and by 8:30 I’d three loads of washing on the line. (But I shouldn’t get too excited, it might snow at the weekend.)

The birds think it’s spring and I’m sure they are better qualified on such matters than me.

Dew, feather

Every species is busy, busy, busy: a pair of magpies are building a nest in the ‘Christmas trees’, I’ve yet to capture the sight on camera, but this pair obviously subscribe to the Kevin McCloud school of nest building, only the very best, bespoke twigs will do, I’ve watched them pulling off twigs from trees (rejecting the ‘windfall twigs’) and then staggering (if you can stagger when you’re flying but you get my gist) back to the nest site, with a twig twice its own length, lets just hope they finish building the nest on schedule, within budget and before the commercial break


I wonder if we’ll get any birds nesting in the barn wall, do you

remember this little fledgling from last year?



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.

12 thoughts on “Nest Building

  1. They joys of spring and nature’s creations come to life – in your wonderful photos 🙂

  2. Yes, this bird expression is hard to forget! The top photo is realy nice, with good light and soft blurred drops.

  3. Nice feathers in grass with dew photos. I like the second one the best, but they are all great.

  4. I keep seeing crows with beaks full of nesting material! xx

  5. I like your story of the nest building. Lovely photos as always, and I love his expression, how cute!

  6. I do remember it and it still makes me smile. 🙂

    Your feather and dew photos are wonderful.

  7. I do remember your little fledgling. Love, love, love the bokeh in your dew shots – really nice!!

  8. Thanks to your post, I’ve had a peek at the bird house that is nestled up in the trees in the back garden. Sure enough, there was a nuthatch flying in and out of it! Didn’t get a photo, but will keep my eyes open for a chance. Yes, I remember that little fledgling 🙂 Lovely photos and write-up.

  9. Was watching a Blue Tit ‘house’ hunting around the bird boxes today, I think the décor did not meet it’s approval. I wonder what criteria it was using to reject such a magnificent abode. Lovely view of the woods….

  10. Awwwwwwww! How sweet!

  11. Lovely dewdrops! We have a pair of collared doves building a nest in our ivy tree again this year. It’s not exactly the same pair that we had last year, as one of those got entangled with a sparrowhawk. So I guess they’ll be making the same mistakes over again, and defending their territory too noisily, attracting the attention of predators who wouldn’t have known they were there otherwise. Or will they? Maybe one of them will have learned from last year’s bad experience and will teach the other one this year … hmmmm … human couples have trouble with that one. Let’s see.

  12. arh, i like shaun the sheep, but what about henry the horse? love, sara. xx

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