All of us know how we all are about our homes and where we build them and how far we are from our neighbors etc. We tend to guard our residences and become so possessive about them. Some of us, have tilted up noseS and do not want anyone living near us. Some of us don’t mind a couple or three homes in our area. And then there are those of us, who don’t mind living alongside many others, say like in an apartment complex or the Projects.

Have you ever wondered about animals and birds? Have you noticed how they mark their territories? I am sure you have.

How about birds? Have you noticed the nests in the trees? Especially now when they are so exposed and there are no leaves on the branches. I think the birds also have similar class system. I think they are just as arrogant as we are when it comes to personal properties.

Case in point~~

I see a huge tree with just a single nest! One SINGLE NEST! What! No one else can build a nest in that tree? I wonder if that bird thinks that it belongs to the Czar family and cannot and will not tolerate other birds residing on their tree. Just look, one nest. One solitary upturned snooty nest! But I have to also remember that just like great men who build their homes in some lofty solitude, there may be some birds like eagles and owls who cannot stand others too close to them.  I wonder if these birds go to their own nests and think it is their own haven, and a place to heal.


The picture below shows a robin’s nest in the star magnolia tree in front of my study. Can you imagine, all that space, and just one single nest!


I also see trees with just two or three nests, far apart on the same tree. These birds are probably like most of us, who don’t mind some neighbors, but don’t want to be too crowded. They are probably the “middle income” average homes/nests of the winged friends.



The two pictures below show many nests. These trees are in my neighbor’s yard, one across from us and the other to the side of our home. Each of them has six or seven or more nests.



And of course there are nests that are numerous on the same tree; these are the ones who live in the Projects!


I think all this exclusivity of building the nests away from the others,  is simply for the birds!!!

What do you think?

ANYWAY, I went to pick Noah up from school last week, and I saw this gorgeous tree. It was naked and empty, but, it had its long bean-like thingies hanging from the branches and twigs, and it just looked so regal and so wise and so East-like. It was powerful and mesmerized me. But then, all trees do that to me. I could never tire of looking at a tree, with or without nests.



Thank you for reading this, and again thanks for your continued prayers for Dave.


About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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12 Responses to CLASS ACT

  1. Humor_Me_Now says:

    Good Afternoon from Starbuck’s, Dr. Zakiah. I loved this post. I notice houses built near the tops of hills. I wonder what it is really like—do they get bored with the view after awhile? Same with those who live next to the beach—does all the sand and sun and keeping drapes pulled take out some of the fun.
    Life is more enjoyable with friends and family nearby.
    Your bird observations are interesting. I saw a cute documentary–I think the scientists was biased against morals and religions. They claimed some monogamous birds ‘cheated’ on their life time mates. They suggested that ‘chimpanzee’ females cheated on their mates and tried to hide it.


    Nature is wonderful and we can find some similarities as you did with the birds.



    • Zakiah says:

      Such a neat comment FRANK. Thank you for it. I don’t know if people would get bored with viewing the lights of the city from up above a hill, or see the changing colors of the water through the day if they lived by the sea. I would love to have lived by the sea. I grew up living along the Indian Ocean. Was always mesmerized with it.

  2. I love this post! I commented on Xanga, but wanted to “like” it here!
    HUGS!!! 🙂

  3. christao408 says:

    You manage to make the most fascinating observations! =D

  4. mrswrangler says:

    I am glad to find you on WordPress.

  5. Glad to hear Dave is good 🙂

    Those are nice observations about birds and their nests. It’s kind of heart warming to think that birds and humans can have something in common. Maybe that robin has only recently moved into a new area and she has two chicks that she is working hard to take care of haha.

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