This Property Has Been Abandoned

Ah well… I can only hope the pair of house sparrows who moved in April 3 and built a nest inside one of the paper lanterns in the backyard only to have it and their two eggs destroyed in the April 12 wind storm have found a safer more secure place to rebuild and repopulate it because it seems clear that they have no interest in coming back to the scene even though I situated the nest — which survived the devastation relatively intact — into a new lantern that I hung up not more than 12 hours afterward.

I can only figure that if basically 10 days has passed and the birds aren’t moved back in then they’re pretty much not going to do so. As such I opted to take the nest down yesterday and reilluminate the lantern.

But we’re keeping the beautiful intricate and amazing nest, which I snapped this morning (click images to enlarge):



While it leaves me more than melancholy to see so much marvelous and remarkable engineering end up not serving its purpose, at the same time I’m thrilled to be able to appreciate it and share it.


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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."