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  • Cowbirds are like the cuckoo’s who don’t build their own nest. They just sort of lay their eggs in someone elses nest and leave the child rearing to them. I thought I should try to build a nest to see what they were up against. With only string and weeds, avocado branches, I gave it my best shot. To the left you see the beautiful little hummingbird nest. If you look closely you will see little feathers around the rim. Nice touch.

    To the right you see, my nest. I tried piecing this little thing together like a bird might and it kept falling apart. Unlike my hummingbird friend, I refuse to gather black widow web to hold my sticks together. I used wrapping string with mixed results. Her nest looks comfy and cozy. Mine, built by a dinosaur for a dinosaur. Meaning no disrespect to dinosaurs who were probably also very nice nests builders. It's not as easy as it looks.

    I thought the birds might use scrap pieces of my nest for their own. I put my nest up in the pepper tree so they could grab at it. No takers yet, except the spiders. A nice web shimmers off it in the morning sun.
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