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Day 364: Tending the Nest

Even after nesting season is technically over, the most successful of manly manbirds knows it doesn’t mean their work is done.

When one nesting season ends, it is already time to begin preparing for the next nesting season!

One thing choosy ladybirds especially look for is a manbird who knows how to keep a clean and tidy nest.

Extra points are given if the occupant can look very fetching and feathery while he is tidying.

Okay, Mom - I'm ready to start. Do you have the camera ready?
Mom? Mom?  I’m ready to start. Go get that rectangular flashing thing you always use.
Okay, here I will demonstrate how I clean this lovely and spacious nest while looking very fetching and feathery.
Okay, here I will demonstrate how I clean this lovely and spacious nest while looking very fetching and feathery.
Now I will take the strand and run it through my curved beak, checking for softness and durability.
Now I will take the strand and run it through my curved beak, checking for softness and durability.
I will put it through its paces - only the best strands will make the final cut and competition is fierce!
I will put it through its paces – only the best strands will make the final cut and competition is fierce!
You didn't make the cut. Sorry.
You didn’t make the cut. Sorry.
Okay, what about you? Are you soft and durable enough to stay?
Okay, what about you? Are you soft and durable enough to stay?
I don't know - you're not convincing me.
I don’t know – you’re not convincing me.
(Note from the featherless assistant: here we take a brief pause to demonstrate "fetching and feathery with nest" for the ladybirds).
(Note from the large featherless assistant: here we take a brief pause to document “very fetching and feathery with nest” for the ladybirds).
I'm not impressed.
I’m just not impressed.
Okay, Mom - I'm done cleaning now. It's your turn.
Okay, Mom – I’m done cleaning and tidying now. It’s your turn.

Author: Shannon Cutts
Co-Author: Pearl Cutts

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