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Old 06-22-2005, 02:49 PM   #1
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Only two days after the shortest day of the year, we're having the coldest day of the year so far, and there's a brush wattlebird obviously building a nest somewhere nearby.

With the wisteria on the pergola outside my window sporting only a few brown-tipped leaflets from last spring, the wattlebird is happily plundering the nests built by the spotted turtle doves during the spring and summer. Goodness knows what precarious site the turtle doves, who breed year-round, have chosen this time.

Anyway, while that's interesting to watch, what is totally fascinating is the way the wattlebird is collecting spider's web to glue its nest together. Directly outside the window (actually attached to the window frame in one spot) is one of those loopy webs built by some sort of garden spider. It's one of those that look like holey. droopy circus safety nets.

The wattle bird perches on the carport gutter, then flies into the web, grabs a strand, and half-turns in mid-air, flying away sideways to drag a strand out without getting tangled up in the web itself.

Fascinating. I'm getting no work done.

   
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