When a hummingbird mama built her nest outside my kitchen window, I watched, captivated for weeks, while it was under construction -and for weeks following, while she raised her two young. That experience triggered the creation of Mama Built a Little Nest. Years later, a wren built her nest inside my sister's kitchen - it's a long story involving not having a dog-door for her dog - my sister graciously left her door open for over a month, so the mama wren could come and go as needed to find food and return to her nest. (What is it with nests and kitchens?) Once the chicks fledged, my sister hurriedly shooed them outside, shut her door, and installed a doggy-door.
I am an avid birder, in the sense that when I'm not writing, you may find me immersed with birds and their lives - somewhere out in nature, through a camera lens, through a window, through my eyes and ears: watching, listening, observing and enjoying them. I am grateful for the stories birds have given me.