A Plate of Eggs

I had an uncle who was quite a birder, he knew the names and calls of many birds and not just local birds from where he grew up, he was a naval officer and spent years in various locations around the world.  I remember being on a hike with him many years ago and he was carrying a bird book or two.  He remarked that someing that would definitely improve things was “a nice plate of eggs”.  I thought it a non sequitur because he was in the middle of a critique of  one of those books, but I couldn’t really fault his conclusion – a nice plate of eggs will improve many a table.  Of course he was talking about this kind of plate and not one of these.

I was reminded of him while trying to ID the bird that laid these:20160717_133352(1600x1200)Mrs J discovered the nest in the little tree beside our front walk as she was doing some pruning to clear some branches overhanging the walk.  It’s a small nest, about 7 feet up, I got the picture by holding my phone overhead and shooting blind.  I scared the little bird off the nest doing so, but didn’t get a look at it.20160717_180434(1600x1200) Here are a couple of those berries shown next to a few coins for scale.  I searched for blue bird eggs with brown speckles and found plenty of pictures but nothing that seemed to match what we have.  Any ideas?


Posted on July 17, 2016, in JeffreyW, Nature, Wild Critters. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on A Plate of Eggs.

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