This is the nest of the new tenant on our property that I discovered, by my ignorant mistake, while walking among our ancient red cedar trees. I noticed cedar bark and dry branch and forest debris tucked under a loose strip of cedar still attached to the tree bark. Not knowing but curious to find out what it was, I stripped out the long branches and other forest debris from under the bark.
There woven and attached to the debris was the form of a very small nest made from fine strands of cedar bark. The strands were so tightly and finely woven together it was almost thick enough to hold water.
Not knowing it was a newly constructed bird’s nest, I brought it into the house to paint; I have been painting a series of abandoned birds’ nests found on our property.
I finished the painting after several days of meticulously putting in the details. Observing the painting, you’ll see the fine threads of stripped cedar bark.
Each morning, I pass the same tree next to the trail for my daily walk. Then, looking over at the tree, I noticed a new clump of forest debris hanging from under the same large strip of cedar bark. Going nearer to the spot to check it out, I was surprised to see that the bird was building another new nest! Peering through a small opening in the nest, I noticed a very small bird moving around inside!! How pleased I was that this determined little bird was not giving up on a chance to give its gift to our earth!
The Chestnut backed Chickadee might look frail and intimidated due to its size….no such thing! It has determination, courage, strength and hope.