Friday, September 25, 2009

Nesting



We are finally starting to experience the crisp, cool weather of Oregon that until now was something of fairy tales. This refreshing, brisk air is bringing me back to life, but also warning me that our family is completely unprepared for cold weather. I am knitting mittens, hats and scarves like a madwoman as well as scouring thrift stores for woolens, warm boots, jackets and sweaters. What an exciting rush of nesting this all is!

Speaking of nesting, the girls and I saw the most amazing nest on a nature walk last week. It was literally stuck on the side of a tree. I didn't have my camera with me so we decided we'd come back to it another day. When we did, it was gone. K, luckily, found it nearby on the ground. I had never seen anything like it. It was so small and flimsy, unlike nests we are used to. It was made of moss and some kind of fiber.





Amazing, isn't it?! Anyone happen to know what kind of bird makes these nests?
Since it had fallen in a high traffic area we brought it home for our make-shift nature table (more pictures of that coming next week).



Now I am off to put on my running shoes, grab a dog and head out in this beautiful weather. Have a great weekend!

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22 comments:

boatbaby said...

Ok first of all I LOVE those little reed shoes! Do they make them in adult sizes? Who makes them?

And here's my guess on the nest (though I may be WAY off) -- marbled murrelet?

mamauk said...

Nicole, I love your picture of your LO's boots in the autumn leaves, how gorgeous! Have a lovely weekend!
Rosaleen
xxx

Joy said...

That nest is amazing! I've never seen one quite like that before. What a stunning nature table addition it is. :) I hope you'll show us your winter knits as you're working on them. Good luck with the nesting!

Marina said...

Gorgeous photos! Are those C's shoes? Adorable!

The weather sounds so lovely up there! It's starting to feel crisper and brisker down here too :) Hope you and PawPaw had a good run!

Sara said...

Those little red shoes are adorable. We are not prepared for cold weather either, although I am looking forward to it. We have been up around 90F for the past couple of days, which is way high for us up in Canada. lol The nest is so lovely. What a great addition to your nature table. xx

Carrie said...

What a great find and a nice addition to a nature table. A chickadee or titmouse perhaps? They build moss nests lined with fur/feathers/fibers.

Emma said...

I love the nest, Nicole! Alos, my little girl saw K's little mushroom shoes and loves them! Are they available online?

*Michelle* said...

My guess is hummingbird. :) I'll bet you're anxious to get into your new home-- I'm excited to see pics of it. What part of Oregon are you in? (email me!)

*erin* said...

Beautiful nest! Did you make those shoes? I'd love to know where to get my little one a pair:) Have a beautiful day!

Simple Mama said...

Are the shoes Livie and Luca? Adorable!

Beth said...

I love the shoes, too! I would like to have some like that, too! As for the nest, it IS fascinating. It is so perfectly straight-sided from the angle we see in the photo, it almost looks like a flowerpot with moss glued on it....and then the heavenly looking feather lining. I love it and wish you knew what kind of bird made it.

Chelsea said...

the nest is exquisite -- definitely the stuff that fairy tales are made of. We have GREAT luck finding handmade woolens at thrift stores. It always puts me in rescue mode when I see something that someone has put major time and effort into tossed aside... +Chelsea

The Magic Onions said...

Wow, that nest is so pretty... green and mossy and looks SO comfortable! Lucky little birds! And your nature table is lovely. I'm interested in your acorns... they look huge and I'm laughing at all the comments on the red mushroom shoes... they are adorable (I'm laughing as we are all a bunch of mushroom nuts, aren't we!)
Thank you so much for sharing on Friday's Nature Table.
Blessings and magic

renee ~ heirloom seasons said...

How special to find the nest, such a beautiful treasure!
Wishing you and your family a happy autumn full of wonderful blessings!

nocton4 said...

such a beautiufl blog, have just found you and am loving what I see.
love to you from the UK
x

Val in the Rose Garden said...

Welcome to the beautiful NW!! I am just above you in WA and excited to find a kindered spirit come to our beautiful area.

That nest is incredible! I am guessing a chickadee. They are the only ones that I know of that build nests like that. Amazing find!! We just got rid of our nature table nest... the toddler got to it. ;)

Blessings,

Val

http://goddesshobbies.blogspot.com/

nicola said...

beautiful nest! perfect for a seasonal/nature table!
and i love those shoes!
nicola
http://whichname.blogspot.com

gardenmama said...

Eek! The shoes are too cute!
Oh, Nicole isn't the nesting in this season so lovely!
The nest is incredibly beautiful, when I first saw it I thought it was something you had felted and filled with wool! What a cozy space for a little bird family!

5 orange potatoes said...

Oh such a lovely nest, so warm and cozy! I would guess a chickadee nest too.

Love seeing the new wonders of your adventures in a new place! Glad you have the cool weather now.

lisa

leaningapplemama said...

that is a really sweet little nest and i would love to know what it is once you find out!! and i also really love those shoes...super cute. also love hearing about looking for warm winter gear...i do the same thing across the country in maine!! happy wool wearing season!

Frontier Dreams (Nicole) said...

Thank you everyone for your responses and WELCOME to new visitors!
I am going to look into all the bird possibilities you suggested, thank you!

The red boots are K's and they are by Livie and Luca. We buy ours online. We went through 2 pairs of these actually. We were fortunate to find this second pair used. HTH!!

Stacy said...

I'm pretty sure it is a bushtit nest. We ahd one last year built in our bamboo. They are amazing.

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