When I cut the split tree down yesterday, I recovered two bird nests I had seen in the tree. The fledglings had already flown away and no new eggs had been laid. I would have continued to anchor the split tree if fledglings had remained or the parents were sitting, and then I would fell the tree. All birds had flown away.
The nest on the left has more black horse hair than white. Some sorrel hair is intertwined. The nest on the right has more white hair woven in. The black horse hairs came from Sweet Hija and Lilly. The sorrel horse hairs emanated from Shiney, Fanny and Wild Flower Gal. The white hairs came from Star.
Star remains on the ranchito. Lilly is buried on the place. Sweet Hija is in Canada. Shiney and Fanny are resettled in Missouri and Wild Flower Gal is still in Texas. Scattered as the horses be, their hair has remained in north Erath County, Texas, for other creatures to use and as a memento for me to see.