Conservation Minnesota

Body Shop Birds

The body shop birds are back! Two years ago I wrote about a bird’s nest that appeared on top of an old Christmas wreath hanging near the front door of our body shop. We watched the nest from the time the eggs arrived to when the baby birds emerged and then until they flew off on their own. It was one of the highlights of our spring. Last year we had hopes that we could repeat the experience all over again. A similar wreath was left up and another nest was built. But shortly thereafter, a strong wind blew down both the wreath and the nest. We carefully hung them back up, but the birds did not return and that was that.

This year we left the wreath up again and kept watch by the rearview mirror we had hung over it, but it seemed that there would be no nest. Yet, we spied some birds coming and going. One day we peeked behind the red velvet ribbon and discovered a nest in the middle of the wreath. Serving as a curtain, the ribbon hid all signs of the nest.

It’s harder to see into the nest this year even when standing on a chair. I held my phone at an awkward angle and shot some photos. To my delight, the photos revealed four blue charming eggs nestled in the nest.

I enjoy animals, but I have to admit that I am not much of a pet person. Yet, I love watching these birds and the developing eggs. I also love how experiences like this help me and my family feel a greater connection with nature and the circle of life. Our world would be a better place, I believe, if all of us could experience wildlife right outside our door.


About Kristin Eggerling

Kristin Eggerling
Kristin Eggerling is the mother of two and a freelance writer in northwestern Minnesota. She most recently worked in the public health field as the administrator for Quin Community Health Services which serves the counties of Kittson, Marshall, Pennington, Red Lake and Roseau.
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