Hundreds of Cape Weavers have made nests in several of our trees on our farm.
They only come for their spring breeding season. The males flitter and fight over branches and frantically build their exquisite nests. They hang upside down from their nests fluttering their wings and singing to attract the females. With so many birds in our trees, it is a very noisy, busy time!
When the little dull greyish-beige females are satisfied with the nest, they mate and she lays a little blue egg. Within a few weeks the baby hatches and both parents fly to and fro to feed the hungry baby.
And then, after several noisy months, the weavers leave. Only a few stragglers and newbies stay, building nests and singing for attention.
Now, and then nests and egg shells fall. We’ve even seen little babies on the ground after stormy winds.
All these details make for an excellent nature study.
This week, a particularly lovely nest fell and we could sit and sketch it.
My little 8-year-old painted her sketch:
I took my time and sketched a really detailed nest.
We are enjoying our December school break and I have found that the girls have not taken part in the Sketch Tuesday assignments. I am glad that we have still enjoyed our time outdoors doing nature study.