We watched a pair of red finches build this nest in a tree near our front door over the past several weeks. The kids and I talked a lot about how hard they were working, how carefully they were preparing this nest for the babies that would soon fill it.
After some strong winds this week, we came home one day to find the nest laying in the grass, the new babies nearby. They did not survive the fall. The momma finch sat in the tree watching me as I took in the scene, my heart breaking for her.
I know she is just a bird - and she will likely have many more nests and even more babies to fill them. But I couldn't help but feel heartbroken for her. She had worked so hard, she had taken such care in lining her nest with downy feathers to welcome her babies. I thought about this scene from her perspective.
Have you ever take the time to look at a nest up close? It's truly amazing what these little birds are capable of in the home-building department.
Here's hoping that they re-build this spring in the same tree. We still see the pair coming and going so my fingers are crossed for her. :)