Determined Phoebe, Part 2

As I previously mentioned, we took the Say’s Phoebe nest down after the babies fledged in mid-June. In order to remove it intact, I had to slide it onto a thick piece of cardboard. It was much heavier than I expected.

Say's Phoebe Nest, by LetSleepingPigsLieWhen viewing it from the ground below, it seemed square-shaped.

Say's Phoebe Nest, by LetSleepingPigsLie

Up close, it looked like half of a round nest.

Say's Phoebe Nest, by LetSleepingPigsLie

Say's Phoebe Nest, by LetSleepingPigsLie

There were layers to the nest, and the bottom layer was filled with small bits of gravel, twigs, and dirt.

Say's Phoebe Nest, by LetSleepingPigsLie The next layer was created with various threads, strings, twigs, cotton, hair, lint, and plastic.

Say's Phoebe Nest, by LetSleepingPigsLie

There was even a decorative fluffy ball of what seemed to be polyester stuffing attached to the front of the nest. Well-placed bird droppings completed the well-loved look.

Say's Phoebe Nest, by LetSleepingPigsLieThe nest felt soft and sturdy, but was pretty shallow to support four babies.
(moment of silence for those that were too close to the edge)

Say's Phoebe Nest, by LetSleepingPigsLie

This is probably one of those most amazing nests that I’ve personally seen.

In order to discourage another round of nest-building, we put a small gargoyle statue on the ledge.

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