The tree trimmers were here last week, and they presented me with this, which was perched high up in our Japanese maple:
It's a nest, clearly, but what animal made it? The outermost twigs are quite long and stout:
The innermost parts are lined with some very fine sort of grass or fiber, but nary a feather nor a bit of fur in sight. Not a very soft or cozy interior! What sort of baby animal would be cosseted by such a scratchy bed?:
Here's another view of the outer twigs:
Don't be fooled by the lavender blossoms. Those just fell off the wisteria vines, directly above the nest as it rested on my patio table:
Although, if I were a nest-building animal, I would no doubt festoon my digs with lavender petals.