A Hummingbird's Nest. - The Magic Onions

A Hummingbird’s Nest.

Please enjoy a post from Spring last year.
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A Good Man and I were having our coffee on the deck yesterday morning, basking in the warm spring sun and feeling very excited for the day ahead. ‘LOOK!’ whispered A Good Man, pointing to our ‘wool tree‘. There, hovering in the air was a magnificent hummingbird. He was dressed in his shimmering green suite and his red cravat and he was looking intently at the colorful wool roving on the tree. I could see him thinking, ‘Oh, this will be perfect! She’ll love me for this… I’m getting lucky tonight! Whoooo hoo!’. He grasped a tuft of wool in his tiny beak and pulled. Alas, he wasn’t strong enough to get it off. He moved onto the next tuft, same thing… I could see him getting worried. On the third try, the lovely soft wool separated from the branch and off Mr Hummingbird buzzed, very happy with himself and his find. A Good Man and I felt just delighted that our ‘wool tree’ was really working. What a gorgeous nest our hummingbird was going to have… how lucky his chicks would be, nestled warmly in our colorful roving.

What do you think K’s teacher brought into school this morning? A REAL hummingbird’s nest, for the children to see. It was too sweet… tiny! As K put it… ‘as small as a mini cupcake.’ She used this description as when we wet felted our own nest, you can see it here, we didn’t expect it to shrink… and shrink… and shrink until it was small enough to fit into a cupcake holder. It became so small, we dubbed it our ‘hummingbird’s nest’. As it turns out, our ‘hummingbird’s nest’ is about double the size of the real deal. As you will see, the real hummingbird’s nest was made of small sticks and twigs, a few feathers AND… colorful wool! Here it is, click on the photos to make them larger so that you can see the materials in the nest.

Seeing the colorful yarn in this nest did get me to wondering if someone else around here also has a ‘wool tree’? I would very much like to meet them.
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Blessings and magic.
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Donni Webber is the mom behind the popular natural living Waldorf website and blog, The Magic Onions - where the magic of nature and the wonder of childhood collide to make each moment a precious gift. She is a photographer, writer, crafter, wife and mother of two inspiring young children. Her work has been featured in many popular publications, including HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Disney and Apartment Therapy.

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  1. Too magical for words!

  2. I sooo enjoy your blog! I am in Pennsylvania, my daughter cannot wait to make a wool tree! I think it is just about time for our local birds to begin building!

    Such a brilliant idea, thank you for sharing!

  3. So delightful, love and light Marie

  4. We don’t live locally (!), but we also did a wool tree for the birds after reading your inspiring post. The girls get so excited every time a bird lands on it! We are all huge fans of your blog too :-)

  5. We spent the day today decking our trees with cotton threads, wool yarn and roving for nesting. We also put some in our green belt for the field mice. Sharing with the birds always reminds me of our Siberian huskie, Nikki. I always kept her fur when she shed and added it to our spring trees. Her fur was always the first to be taken. She is gone now, but it still makes me smile to think she helped keep a bird, mouse or squirrel a little warmer.

  6. What a treasure to have found. I hope one day to find one but they are so tiny, it is almost impossible to see them. We started with 3 pairs and ended up with 12 hummers all on our front porch feeding at the same time (during a storm)….it was magical!

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