Then something unusual caught my attention. A nest in our rose bush? I hadn't noticed that before. The nest was small and would have easily fit into my hand. It was carefully made with small pieces woven tightly together. How could I have missed it?
When I glanced inside I noticed four small eggs. The eggs were lightly speckled and blue. Though robin's have blue eggs, this nest seemed much too small and I don't remember robin's eggs being speckled.
As I opened the door later this evening to water plants I noticed the bird in the nest. I walked closer to get a better look, but the bird flew quickly away. I couldn't examine it, but would guess it runs in the sparrow family. I decided to research a bit and found this conversation about a similar nest with one dissimilar egg. It sounded a bit like the nest I had seen in our rose bush and upon closer inspection I found the nest in our yard to also have an egg that, though speckled, did not seem as blue and looks a bit larger.
Do I have a cowbird egg? I didn't know anything about cowbirds until trying to identify this nest this evening. Now I'm wishing I would have just walked up the sidewalk, my busy list racing through my mind, and hadn't taken the time to pause to notice this small nest.
you left your nest for only a moment
but a moment is too long
seconds is all
the cowbird needs
to swoop in
take one of your eggs
and leave her own
to care for
to keep safe
didn't you even
© Cathy L. Mere
Ohio Department of Natural Resources: Brown Headed Cowbird
Cowbird Eggs in Nestboxes
New World Sparrows