I have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of these little guys and was delighted to see a tiny orange furry head pop up this morning, quel plaisir!! These birds are called coots and they have made an, um, interesting home just outside my kitchen window. They are water-dwelling birds, they create nests with twigs and whatever they can find in the canal. It is a stylists nightmare. When I first arrived to my new home the first thing I noticed was this eye sore and I wanted to get rid of it immediately, until I found out it was in fact, a home as well. So while I've been sipping on my tea in the kitchen each morning I watch these funny looking black coots build their nest higher and higher and I try to imagine all the things I could offer them to make their nest a little more appealing to the (my) eye. It was only a few weeks ago I noticed there were eggs and it reminded me once again that prettiness (or the lack there of) does not equal true natural beauty - I now feel so honoured to be neighbours with this adorable family.
So welcome little one. What shall we name him?