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Did you know that Robins sometimes use string to build their nests? Or that chickadees can lay up to 9 eggs?
Like most authors, I wrote about something that interests me. Nesting Grounds is about birds and bird's nests. Furthermore, it was a throw back to my childhood. I would be perched in my Dad’s crossed legs - what he affectionately referred to as ‘the Bird’s Nest’- and watch the birds in our garden.
For Nesting Grounds, 20 luminous oil paintings depicting 10 familiar birds nesting were created. Each bird has 2 devoted paintings: The female in her nest; and the nest with eggs. Additionally, the clutches in each nest increases incrementally from one to ten - the Sparrow having one egg up to the Wood Duck having ten. A 4-line verse accompanies each image describing the nesting ground unique to each bird. This artistically rendered book is ideal for artists and birders of all ages, and is a wonderful introduction to the nesting grounds of common birds. Birds featured in Nesting Grounds: Sparrow, Hummingbird, Robin, Cardinal, Plover, Goldfinch, Snow Bunting, Nuthatch, Chickadee, Wood Duck.
The on-line version is 8.5x8.5, and is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Chapters/Indigo. A signed copy is available on request.
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On sandy shores - under the dunes,
The speckled eggs all rest.
On top of rocks and broken shells,
The Plover sets her nest.
The Wood Duck likes a nesting box,
To build her sheltered nest.
Soft feathers form a downy mat,
She's plucked from her own breast.