While out for a drive…
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Scrub Jay and Bowerbirds

With curiosity I was watching this Scrub Jay collecting various sticks and other odd stuff.  I suppose, of course, that it was building a nest; a practical one no doubt, not the ostentatious mansions constructed by the Bowerbird.  I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen a documentary film of the Bowerbird’s artistry.  This incredible construction had a huge thatched roof supported by several pillars. Out in front was a large lawn of green moss formed into a pleasing rectangle.  Around the yard were meticulously arranged  piles of brightly colored objects, such as flowers, berries, rocks, and beetle wings. They were very creative; each bird building a unique little abode apparently trying to outdo one another.

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