Monday, April 5, 2010

Creative Nesting

This spring, Starlings have been the bane of my existence with their constant destructive assault on our home. We thought we'd thwarted them from nesting in the eaves above my office and the upper story of our old house. But my husband kept hearing noises in the wall of the upstairs bathroom.

This morning I waited outside, while he pounded on the inside wall. To my surprise a startled starling burst from the bathroom fan vent.

When we'd put the fan in, my brilliant husband had installed a panel so the vent would be accessible. When we removed the panel and pulled the vent hose out--to our surprise, we found the entire thing was stuffed with nesting materials. As you can see the eggs were lying at the top.
The small eggs are a fragile blue color and are rather beautiful. They look like they might have been newly laid.


They are so lovely I am going to preserve them--I like how they look in this tiny delicate tea cup.

10 comments:

Clytie said...

I'm sorry, sissie, but I'm laughing my a$$ off here! All that hard work, and they STILL managed to find a way in!!! Snicker, snorkle, smirk.

Thanks, I needed that laugh just now!

Gattina said...

They seem to be very clever and have a lot of phantasy to find new homes, lol !

Lois said...

They are persistent aren't they? Those eggs are lovely.

Prospero said...

You must give the birds credit for creativity, Beth.

Cedar ... said...

Amazing, but i gotta ask, how will you "preserve" them?

Abraham said...

I suppose you could fry them for breakfast just like a chicken egg.

Abraham said...

By the way, you can see my mock orange blooms on my flickr page or on my wordpress blog.

Cheryl said...

How creative the birds are! A very pretty color the eggs are. Do you suppose you could set them up high somewhere for the momma bird?

jeannette said...

the eggs look very dainty -I would preserve them too:)

Catherine said...

Oh my goodness... they are persistent, aren't they? As annoying as they are, their eggs are lovely, though - what a beautiful, pale blue. Thank you for giving me something to smile about when I see our starlings - I'll admit they are NOT my favorite birds!