Monday, January 19, 2015

The Nest Builder- a lesson from a finch named Sherlock

As all good lessons have a beginning... This one begins with a Christmas gift given with Love.
My children blessed me with 8 finches for Christmas. I asked myself the same question, why? Was it that I had groaned so much at now having an "empty nest?" Or did I seem bored and needed something to nurture and clean up after so many years of parenting? I donated 4 of them to bird world and decided to keep 4 for company and noise in my art studio.
The lesson comes from the little male I named Sherlock after witnessing his intelligence. He had been pulling up pieces of the paper towel from the bottom of the cage and was building a nest. So I added a handful of shredded paper and within minutes he had it all gathered up and inside one of the finch nest I had placed in the cage. There are two nests inside the cage. Now part of the duty of having "couples" finches is watching for the eggs so I don't end up with even more finches. It's like managing a finch abortion clinic. So I have gathered 5 eggs so far out of one of the nests. This morning I noticed that Sherlock moved the paper nest he built into the other nest in the cage which is further away from the cage door, and the dangers of me! I think in hopes that I can't gather the eggs from the new nest and he and Irene can hatch a little finch one day.

The lesson: Instinively this little bird built the nest to provide and protect the egg- his family.

My children sometimes feel I worry too much or give advice when not wanted, some have even said I can be controlling. I wonder though if like Sherlock my little finch I am Instinively protecting the nest and my little ones from what I think is danger. In the world of finches and motherhood- the nest and the eggs well- being and happiness take work and finesse (or finch-ness)


  1. Judy, I's quite an adjustment when mothering all our little birds has been the focus of our lives for so long. With my baby bird out of the nest, and serving his mission in Canada, I've also had to figure out a new life for myself. Rick and I are deciding it's not so bad! But I sure miss the sounds of my kids at home....I think I always will...

  2. Judy --

    Trying to contact you to get permission to use one of your works digitally as an invitation to 35 to 40 sisters for a stake auxiliary training meeting. As a graphic designer myself, I'm a stickler for getting permissions and am trying to find a good contact for you to see what you would charge. Let me know ASAP at Thank you!