When we trek along the river's edge, over knoll and under brush, I can not help but scan the boughs above. I've plucked nests from the mud, carefully snapped twigs, then gingerly carried them miles back home. I've made sure my nests were deserted, inhabitants long taken to the skies, then scattered them through the house, tucked into turquoise Ball jars, wedged in a goat's jaw bone, hung from fishing line like the finest art a home could hold.
But now the robins are flying, and the jackrabbits kick up puffs of grass, and I know my time of collecting is dwindling to a close.
I've looked through my collection and chosen this nest, a particularly lovely specimen, as one to give away to one of you lovely readers for your own natural colletions. I found it in a thicket of brush along the south fork of the Eel River, here in the wilds of Northern California. Why a give-away you ask? Quite simply, I've received so much from the land here and it's time to pay that forward. I take such delight in filling my home with pieces of nature, pieces of life, and want to give that joy away. And I love birds, but really, who doesn't?
So this is the official "Put a Bird on it" give-away!
Along with this nest, I'll be giving away a copy of "Birds: The Art of Orinthology" - a truly delightful and tiny tome, filled with renditions and studies of birds throughout the ages (including some gorgeous aquatints from James Audubon!). Additionally there will be a few other tidbits I've yet to decide upon, but rest assured, it will be a splendid little present from me to you!
Ready for the Details?
Leave me a comment (only one please!) below telling me one way the earth has been generous with you. It could be as simple as a sunny day outside, as growing the food you eat, as giving you one beautiful thing to stop you in your tracks and take note. Think about it and tell me - You have from now until Saturday night! I can't wait to hear!
I'll pick a number at random on Sunday March 4th and announce the winner here on my blog!
(and international friends - I'll be happy to ship your way too, so don't hesitate to comment!)
Good Luck and Happy Birding!