Yesterday, when I was out on the deck, I saw an unusual round object hanging from a naked tree branch. Could it be a hummingbird nest? or maybe not a bird's nest at all....maybe it's a wasp's nest? Yikes.
Nope. Not wasps. Definitely a bird. This little nest is a thing of beauty. It hangs by delicate loops of grass from the tree branch about 5 feet off the ground. It's at the end of a flimsy branch that no predator could ever access. So clever. The nest itself is about 4 or 5 inches across and about the same deep, so the bird must be small.
I never saw the bird who built it....or maybe I did. I just never saw her in the nest or flying to or from. When I researched the nest itself, I learned it's the nest of a Red-eyed Vireo. Now, that's not a bird name I recognize, but I have seen this little guy, from time to time on the deck.
Hello! He's a Red-eyed Vireo!
So delicate. So beautiful. I'll bet s/he didn't have to read a book or take a class to learn to build this nest. Why do we humans think we know so much?
After all, while we mess around with snow tires and frozen pipes, the Red-eyed Vireo will be lounging around the Amazon basin.