Message of the Day – A Nest

No eggs got laid in this next. The 12-year olds scared them off heading out to the trampolene.

Mama Robin abandoned this nest build right outside out back porch door as soon as those 12 year old boys figured out it was dry enough to use the trampoline.

She and her mate had started on a cedar outside our kitchen window, where it nested last year, but got scared off by the squirrels using the nearby fence, I think.


Message of the Day – A Nest — 1 Comment

  1. An Empty Nest

    I find an old deserted nest,
    Half-hidden in the underbrush:
    A withered leaf, in phantom jest,
    Has nestled in it like a thrush
    With weary, palpitating breast.

    I muse as one in sad surprise
    Who seeks his childhood’s home once more,
    And finds it in a strange disguise
    Of vacant rooms and naked floor,
    With sudden tear-drops in his eyes.

    An empty nest! It used to bear
    A happy burden, when the breeze
    Of summer rocked it, and a pair
    Of merry tattlers told the trees
    What treasures they had hidden there.

    But Fancy, flitting through the gleams
    Of youth’s sunshiny atmosphere,
    Has fallen in the past, and seems,
    Like this poor leaflet nestled here,–
    A phantom guest of empty dreams.

    James Whitcomb Riley

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