If You Build It, They Will Come.

If You Build It, They Will Come

If you add beauty to the world, it seems nature will nod her head to you and bring unexpected beauty right back to you. If you build it, they will come.

Yesterday afternoon, only two weeks after our new landscaping was put in, Mrs. Robin has taken up residence in the limelight hydrangea tree outside my writing cottage window. She is been very, very busy building quite the nest!

I’ve watched with delight as she has gathered sticks and materials, hopping along the chocolate mulch. I’ll have to take a picture of the whole nest as it is even complete with streamers along the bottom that fly beautifully in the wind. She is quite the interior decorator!  But now I’m wondering if perhaps this is Mr. Robin doing all the building so that Mrs. Robin has a lovely place to lay her eggs?  I guess I better brush up on my bird knowledge.

And then there is Mrs. Wren building a nest inside a bird house that I’ve had a few years, but never saw anyone take up residence in it before. She is quite comical to watch as she approaches the opening with a stick four times her size in length and tries to get it inside.

Such excitement happening right outside my writing cottage windows these days. I don’t know how I’ll get any work done with all the action. I may just have to grab a cup of tea and just enjoy the view.

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A Double Blessing in the April Snow

A Double Blessing in the April Snow

I was going to title this post “A Blessing in the April Snow” until I pulled this photo up on my computer I took this morning.

I was excited to see a cardinal at my feeder and so pretty he looks in the snow, even though I wish we weren’t having snow.

But he made me smile. And then I realized looking at the photo that I caught in the lens a bird in flight to the feeder. It looks as if the cardinal is saying, come on in and get some grub!

A double blessing on this snowy day in April!

And the bird action today is remarkable — which I guess is a triple blessing, I should add. Junco’s,  cardinals, woodpeckers, sparrows and yellow finches are busy flitting about on our deck and on the feeders.

No doubt filling up to stay warm for this brief return of winter to Wisconsin in spring.

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Fairy Carpenters in the Woods


Friday afternoon I walked in the woods with Kylie and Gidget and don’t recall seeing this new birdhouse — in fact, there were two of them that I saw today when we were meandering the paths once again.

I wondered how I could have missed them. But perhaps I didn’t. Maybe it was Saturday that the fairy carpenters pulled up in their little red pick up trucks, set up their tiny table saws, pulled out their hammers and nails, and got down to work. I bet their teeny hard hats were adorable.

It must have taken quite a few of them to hoist this birdhouse up, and what was likely giant to them, to attach it to the tree.

But then again, you know… fairies are magical and they can do most anything.

I imagine afterwards they sat in a row on a nearby log, cracked open a beer, and sat back and took great pride in their beautiful efforts in building new homes for their bird friends.

Maybe, just maybe, next time I’ll see them in action!

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