I was walking out to the car the other day and something caught my eye. It was a very small clump of twigs or something amid the winter-bare branches of a bush that sits out in front of the Manse, and has been there ever since I was a kid growing up here. (Of course I don’t know what kind of bush it is; what do you think I am, a gardener?)
At first I thought it was just some organic matter that had blown there during one of the many windy days and nights we’ve had here in the Queensborough area recently. But then I looked a little closer.
It was a bird’s nest! A teeny-tiny bird’s nest, the smallest one I’ve ever seen. It’s maybe five inches across, though only barely.
There have been no signs of any birds around this tiny nest, at least as far as I’ve noticed; though given that I’m away at work from before sunrise till after sundown, that might not mean anything. Still, I think the nest is abandoned, perhaps having served its useful purpose during the summer when the old bush was full of leaves and it was well-hidden.
Anyway, what I wonder about this newly revealed nest is: what bird is so small that it could make a home for itself and its offspring in such a tiny place?
Do any of you readers knowledgeable about birds – I know you’re out there – have any ideas?