Out picking apples in our backyard today and I found this nest on the ground. I've always thought that bird nests were cool. Looks to me like this one did a nice job of sheltering the young birds until they hatched and flew away leaving only a reminder of their youth. This empty nest made me think of my sister and brother-in-law who are experiencing the empty nest this week. With their youngest moving into a dorm and the oldest starting his student teaching. I know that they must be feeling kind of strange in a house with out children.Luckily, their little "birdies" have vehicles to return for visits, a great cell phone plan and internet to keep in touch.