Cones and Stones

Cones and stones, and other wild nature. We’re in winter here and yet we found a bird nest on the path with a small white egg still intact. Commissioners Track, East Roxburgh, Central Otago. 06 Aug 2022. New Zealand.

cone, stones, nest-egg, pine needles

An upright, fastigiate or columnar pine.
Wonderful dense foliage.. lovely shaped tree.

Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2022)
keywords: conifer, nest, egg, pine needles

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    1. For your sake I hope not Madeline! The Q intrigued me so I did a v.quick search and found: Pine cones take two years to develop, so what we can tell when we see a lot of pine cones, is that they’ve had two seasons of good climates, Jay Dee Gunnell, a Utah State University Horticulturist, said. … Sugar turns to starch and the tree can store that for its next season. | On the same web page I also noted.. When stressed by drought (which is very common in California over the past few years), pine trees will create a “stress-crop” of cones, easily seen on the branches.


            1. True. We’re far more limited in the number of bird species here though. I rarely get opportunity to look into a nest and see the eggs but I could/should do a little book browsing and get to know a few of the more common eggs!

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