This is the oldest tree on the property, the old oak which I've shown you before. Somehow it has escaped the axe in over a hundred years. It is just coming into leaf in this photo. As much as you might seek the shade on these hot summer days, you can't spend too much time under it as it is always losing bits and pieces of itself and any moment, you could get hit over the head with a bit of branch. It still grows a few acorns though, which disappear as soon as they drop. See the woodpile on the left; that's where two chipmunks live and I blame them for the vanishing acorns.
Hubby held a ladder for me but this was as high as I could get to take a picture.
This was another failed site, in the wood shed attached to the garage. I watched the robin work hard at this nest and get to the packed mud stage before abandoning it. I think the cat was on the prowl and scared her off.
Here is a chipping sparrow's nest. Tiny and sweet
and full of Rex's hairs. I could feel the warmth of them when I held it in my hand.
Aren't nests the most remarkable structures?
And here is another robin's nest in a corner of the barn in 2013. All three of these eggs were eventually fledged successfully.
It is really amazing what a beak can do!