...sometimes even a single feather is enough to fly. (Robert Maclean)


shopping mall... bird nests

Sometimes errands can really be a drag.
Especially if it involves going to the mall or a big box store.
I never get excited about that stuff.

But sometimes you just have to look around,
look a little closer,
look with fresh eyes instead of
I-can't-wait-to-be-done-with-this-crap eyes.

You might be surprised with what you find!


When I looked up from my discontent, I laughed out loud with delight.
I saw that a whole bunch of house sparrows
had decided to make use of our sprawling concrete shopping jungles
in the best of ways:


It's interesting how they built the same sort of spikey reed nest in the curve of the S
in Arts
and in Crafts.

 Perhaps the same bird artist constructed both?

Maybe this bird thinks
S stands for Sentinel.

Here are some closer shots so you can see how "crafty" those sparrows are:

 It's amazing how they don't mind having such proximity from one nest to the next --
maybe they're good neighbors?!

Look carefully at the stick-things.
They're so similar looking, I wonder if they might be plastic floral "decor" sticks
from one of the outdoor displays or sale racks?

I love their art.


Cornell's Lab of Ornithology sponsors a Funky Nest contest,
you can check it out here and see some interesting submissions from 2015.

Have fun finding nests in unexpected places!

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