Our granddaughter visited with us for a couple of days this week. She is 4 yrs old and loves the outdoors. So we went bird nest hunting in our shelter belt. The picture today is a nest of a sparrow of some sort. The blue eggs are the sparrow's, and the larger speckled brown egg is a cowbird egg. The cowbird's are called nomadic parasites, due to the fact they lay their eggs in the nests of other birds, so they can be free to follow the buffalo herds. Since there are no buffalo herds anymore, they now hang out with the cattle. We found several nests that day, one on the ground and several in the Hawthorn bushes. She also was able to observe a nest of young sparrows, which was on the ground under a lily.
We are not attending the market today, but plan on attending the new Thursday evening market from 5-9pm.