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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Baltimore Cardinal Nest

Baltimore Cardinal Nest
8"x6" oil on canvas

My friend Linda brought me two of this type of nest and they both totally amaze me. They are a full 7 - 8 inches deep and constructed so beautifully I almost thought they had been woven with a loom. This one is made of thin strips of shredded blue and white plastic mixed with maybe dryer lint and fine strands of grasses. Very soft and pliable. Hard to believe a bird could do it. When they make the nest they apparently weave it in and out of some of the branches supporting it so it will withstand lots of weather conditions.
Mixed in with the blue are some orange threads. These birds must know about complimentary colors!
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