Touching Up The Nest

Thanks to alert blog reader Linda for reminding me that it's time to start checking some nest cams! There's been a great horned owl checking out a nest box at the Valmont Nest Cam and the bald eagles at the Fort St. Vrain Eagle Cam have begun renovations on their nest. Thanks, Linda for the head's up!

I can relate to the renovating eagle. Non Birding Bill and I have been so busy that the clutter came, saw and took over our humble abode. I tried to take back the apartment yesterday, but it was just too overwhelming. It's that point where everywhere you turn you see trash/recycling has piled up, dust (and in our case hay) was in every corner, a film of rabbit fur and bird dust covered anything that wasn't moving in the place, laundry clean and dirty was anywhere except hanging in a closet or folded in a drawer, and dishes--don't get me started on the dishes. I have some pretty significant deadlines this month and I was feeling torn between getting those finished or cleaning the apartment. I did as much as I could yesterday afternoon and last night but went to bed tired, feeling defeated and that hope for a clean living space was too distant to even dream of.

Poor NBB is in working full time and rehearsing for Cyrano. He comes home from work, eats dinner and goes to rehearsal. I went to The Raptor Center this morning knowing that I would have to come home and continue the battle with the clutter beast. I came home at about 1pm and discovered the mailbox empty. This is a highly unusual occurrence. I briefly wondered if Bill had come home from work early to clean but remembered that he was swamped with copy jobs and wouldn't be able to get away from work. I got to our apartment door and noticed it was unlocked. Was Bill home?

The flowers in a vase waiting was my answer. Boy, husbands just get it so right sometimes. Bill knew that the mess at home was really getting me down and overwhelming so he came home early to help. He had caught up on all the copy jobs at work and knew something was bothering me. Between the two of us we decluttered the rest of the afternoon and I feel so much better.

I love the flower arrangement--when he gets me flowers he always picks them out himself and notes that I like flowers with a good aroma. I love them and I love that he thought those and a little house cleaning would make my day. They did.

A husband that is attentive to my needs, remembers the kinds of flowers that I like and cleans house. He may not be a birder, but boy is he one of the good ones. How did I ever get so lucky?

In decluttering I have found that I have a plethora of prizes yet to be given away. So I offer this contest:

What bird is this? First correct answer with a name in the comments section wins their choice of Pete Dunne's Essential Field Guide Companion, a Vortex Binocular Harness, or a pack of 21 Zeiss Pre-moistened Lens Cleaning Cloths.