Over the past few weeks my boys have found three little discarded nests.  The babies have flown and these carefully crafted things of beauty are redundant.

Pebbles and Nests, Cari-Jane Hakes, July 2011
I am a more than a little bit fascinated by these perfectly woven assemblages.  Pliable twigs and lichen and moss create the outer shell.

A nest in the hand, Cari-Jane Hakes, July 2011
Inside, soft feathers and fluff together with bits of animal hair plucked from barbed wire fences have been knitted together to create a little cosy cocoon.

Mossy nest and pebble, Cari-Jane Hakes, July 2011
The birds hold onto these things lightly.  They let them go naturally when they have served their purpose.  They move on, unburdened, light as a feather!  I think they may be on to something, don't you?
Nest Edge, Cari-Jane Hakes, July 2011