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Birds everywhere begin making nests at
predictable times of
the year, more or less everywhere. They
start this process
selecting a suitable site, then scavenging
with which to construct the actual nest.
The idea is to find a remote place, then
number of starter nesting points,
consisting of various
objects, such as segments of broken
furniture, cut up shoes
etc., to act as distorted nesting boxes.
These would be
mapped and recorded in their raw state.
Piles of inviting
material for the birds to collect and use
are then left in
over the general vicinity. This material
consists of cut up
examples of the sort of objects that were
originally used to
form the basis for Dadaist art works: ie,
pieces of toys,
features of doll's houses, cut out letter
forms, small bones,
multi-coloured twigs, diverse
components, etc. Hopefully the intrepid
birds will collect lots of these objects and
incorporate them into their nesting
You can check and replenish your raw
then revisit your nesting sites. With any
luck at least some
the birds will have created nests
randomly festooned with a
combination of natural material and
many of the objects you
have left out for them.
You can photograph these, and when the
departed, carefuly collect, and display
them as original art
a few examples [xenzag, Mar 20 2006]
[Ian Tindale, Mar 20 2006]
Bower bird with a thing for blue and white
[DrCurry, Mar 20 2006]
||Ideal, ideal, ideal,
Knowledge, knowledge, knowledge,
Boomboom, boomboom, boomboom,
Nest, nest, nest.
||We are the superior beings.
||" 'Ello and good fine day to you sir or madam caller. You have reached the residence of his Most Highest Excellency Field Marshall General Sergeant Major Admiral of the Fleet Air Commodore Lion of Kampala and Honorary Doctor of Laws and such other learnin's Idi Amin Dada. De general is not 'ere at de moment on account of he is travellin' to Lake Victoria to over see various important management an' admiralin' tasks in connection with a structural crisis in our marvelous Uganda Navy... de canoe got a hole in it overnight.
||De general is also be inspectin' de zenzag project and lookin' to shoot up some 'o dem Dada bird nests on account 'o the General is not wantin' any more than one Dada in dis continent. An' that one Dada bein' of course de General himself. If you know de where is of the foreign man zenzag himself, you be tellin' de General mighty quick so de general can see to this zenzag man himself .. there a canoe with a big hole in it that de general plan on fixin' with a zenzag plug..."
||You're talking bower birds, who have a real artistic approach to building not nests, but bowers to attract their mates. Individuals even follow different artistic schools, and in some species, juveniles apprentice to learn the skills required to build the bowers.
||I went to West Sussex College of Design, and much of my time there was spent trying to attract a mate.
||Dr Curry - you have tempted me to put up a terrible bird
pun. I must be strong and resist !
||rises to bigsleep's rather feeble bait....
||with a curlew of the lip you are presented with the works
of Henry Moore-hen, now remade from bundles of twigs,
in true keeping with the unfolding movement of the
||Please, you are robin this idea of its beauty.
||I can't albatross make bird puns very well.
||[po], you are so gull-ible.
||This would really tern heads.
||//We are the superior beings.//
||Maybe you needed a better opening line, [Ian Tindale].