While I was error-checking data from New Mexico hummingbird nests Monday morning, I took a break to help our new neighbors build their own nest.
A pair of cedar waxwings appeared on our deck and started tugging at plant material in the pots. They were having a hard time freeing the stuff, so I collected some material for them and placed it in the feeding dish.
The birds jumped on the new material and gathered it in their bills while I was still standing on the deck!
Throughout the day, they grabbed pieces of grass, lavender stems, cotton twine, green carpet fibers, and dog hair. With both adults in a building frenzy, the nest should be complete in no time.
They brought the material to a small maple below our deck. We can now check the nest's progress as we leave and enter the apartment.