Friday, May 19, 2006
After the first set of bluebirds fledged, I emptied their box (I understand the birds like to rebuild it for each clutch of eggs -- a new nest helps keep the insects down). I kept their old nest, thinking I'd like to sketch it. Soon thereafter, the pair of bluebirds made a new nest and as I sit to sketch their former nest, I see the male and female already hard at work feeding their new clutch!
Mercy, sketching nests made of dozens and dozens of pine needles, bits of leaves and bits of fluff is hard!! I sketched the bluebird after the image in Peterson's Guide.
(Don't know why the tail is cut off -- new scanner -- trying to get used to it!! LOL)