Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Masterpiece

The lads and I consider ourselves as pretty good builders,ready to make a more than decent job of anything we attempt. The above nest found in one of the hedges (already abandoned) shows us up as the novices we are...what a work of jewel like perfection it is. Lined with white feathers and cow hair the perfectly insulated and robustly constructed nest weighs probably an ounce or so....does anybody have an idea what type of feathered genius built this?

13 comments:

Tuscan Tony said...

The $ 64,000 question is can you make a decent soup out of it?

Vinogirl said...

It has to be something small...I'm going for a wren's nest!

idle said...

Tit

Lord Roby said...

I think you are right Vinogirl.Wrens like to use moss and it's the right size.But,how do you fit a brood of little ones in that! In fact,there is a Wrens nest being watched on Springwatch now.You can access it through the BBC website.

Thud said...

I'm thinking maybe godfinch.

Lord Roby said...

Did you know that the latin name for the Wren is 'Troglodyte' due to it's propensity to forage about at low levels and in crevices? Quite apt.

haddock said...

the wren, and some tits, build a domed nest with an entrance hole..... not a cup shaped nest,
my bet is a chaffinch...
and I bet that builder in his spring plumage is far smarter than the human builders on site.

Thud said...

Haddock...hard to argue against your points....I'll hose the lads down.

monkey said...

love springwatch at the moment

Gallimaufry said...

Quite a well-off bird judging by the pound coin in front of the nest. Finches are noted as good tippers.

Thud said...

Gallimaufry...nobody here gets a free ride, I am a grasping landlord afterall.

Gallimaufry said...

There was I thinking that Squire Thud would put the brighter nestlings through flight school: noblesse oblige and all that.

monkey said...

i have just been watching springwatch, they have just shown a green finch feeding their chicks. thier nest looked extremely similar to the one in the pic.