When The Universe Speaks Take Photos.

What’s with all these bird nests I’ve been finding lately? Is it just me or is the Universe trying to tell me something? Who knows, maybe my next book should have a bird theme?

In an earlier post I published some photos of a tiny bird nest with five eggs inside. Although I’d seen momma bird I hadn’t been able to identify her in any of my bird books. I’ve noticed that is often a problem with illustrations, they do not resemble the bird in question or sometimes the illustration is only of a male and you happened to have seen the female. They look similar but not quite and so you’re a bit unsure. This is why it’s important to read the description that is included with the illustration as well as information as to where they nest—trees, bushes, ground, grass.

I snapped these shots of Momma and Papa today. They were the same type of bird I found last May. They were not happy campers when I wandered into their territory. They flew toward me and even played the broken wing game, which of course I didn’t fall for.

With a little patience we discovered the nest between two branches of ground juniper. To think I might have stepped on the nest makes me cringe. I was quite close. Momma and Papa had their nest very well hidden.

As a note of caution, when you’re out walking in the woods and birds suddenly begins flitting around, sounding distressed, it’s a good chance that a nest is handy. Tread carefully.

I find it interesting that the one egg that did not hatch is still in the nest, unharmed. I think there are four babies in there, but I’m not positive.

So what kind of bird is this? I feel quite confident in saying it’s a palm warbler. If you have any other thoughts on this please share them. I’m a writer, after all, not a bird watcher. And I promise no more bird photos for a while. The Universe will have to speak to me in other ways.

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  1. Great photos, Laura. And I’d be just like you, wondering if there was a deeper meaning to the bird nests.

  2. I love seeing all your birds and nests, eggs and babies! Thanks for sharing.

  3. You’re right, I looked in my bird book and I can’t tell either. But who cares. Your photos are outstanding. Honestly, Laura, I really think you need to show these to Canadian geographical magazines. Bet they’d snatch them up.

  4. Those are amazing photos. Wow. Thanks for sharing these.

  5. Birdies!!! :)

  6. I enjoy your bird photos, Laura…here’s a site that we often use to identify birds we’re not sure about: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/


  7. Glad you all enjoyed the photos. It’s been a bit weird finding all these nests, eggs and baby birds. I think it has something to do with the fact that when we take notice of something that something keeps popping up wherever we go. Of course, I love to think that there is a deeper meaning here…

  8. Looks like a Palm Warbler to me, but I’ve never seen one in real life, just in books. These are really great photos! I love trying to capture the various visitors to our garden and woods, but not many of them will stay still long enough… I’m not a patient enough birder.

    • Thanks Carol. These little devils are difficult to catch. I had to take quite a number of shots before I had any that were any good. I snapped a lot of twigs and blurred images I’m afraid.

  9. Lovely photos. Synchronicity, yes, the meaning hmmmm….sometimes it takes me a while to figure it out when it’s happening in my life.

  10. Thanks Suzicate. I like to think of the eggs and nests as something positive. Not sure exactly what at the moment. Perhaps time will tell.


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