A leftover Bushtit nest. The Bushtit will spend 2-7 weeks constructing its pendulous nest (which can be up to 12 inches long and is often likened to an old sock hanging from a branch) out of moss, lichen, leaves, cocoons, grass and flowers – all woven around a twig structure and secured by spider webs, then lined with plant down, hair and feathers. The opening is at the top, the eggs at the very bottom. Photo © Kim Goldberg
There is some of the same fitness in a man’s building his own house as there is in a bird’s building its own nest. Who knows but if men constructed their dwellings with their own hands, and provided food for themselves and families simply and honestly enough, the poetic faculty would be universally developed, as birds universally sing when they are so engaged?
~Henry David Thoreau