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Eggs Everywhere

Dear Kay,
GUESS what we discovered yesterday outside our kitchen window.
Just guess.
You’ll never guess.
OK I’ll tell you: a nest.
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A brand-new robin’s nest, complete with a fat robin hauling in mouthful after mouthful of stuff from Nests To Go. It’s a regular McMansion, this nest.
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It has a bonus room, it’s so big.
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This robin lands, deposits her flurf, and really gives the nest a good beak-poke every time.
Get this: because we have a doorlight around the corner from the nest, it is possible to see a sleeping robin inside her nest.
It’s Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom around here. I was just thinking about last summer’s bluebirds, and whaddya know. More birds out the kitchen window.
In Unrelated Egg-based News
Today’s the big day for the Fifth Grade Science Class Egg Drop.
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The mission: drop an egg from 30 feet up, and somehow make it survive the fall.
Our man’s strategy: balsa wood wrapped in duct tape, with balloons and bubble wrap inside.
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The Widow Maker, he calls it. Waaaah! I’ll report back on the results.
Love,
Ann
PS Ahoy Middle Tennesseans! Knitting at the Downtown Nashville Library returns this coming Monday, May 14. Noon to 2 pm. Please come! Directions here.

31 Comments

31 Comments

  1. We never did that experiment at my school, and I’m jealous! We did, however, dissolve a human tooth in a glass of coca cola. Not nearly as exciting, but with a more useful life lesson perhaps.

  2. We learnt how to make a bomb! Honestly, we did. And we did, indeed, make one and blow it up. It was fabulous. Wouldn’t think they teach you such interesting stuff these days. Later on, at A level, we (ok, I) made cyanide gas completely by accident and nearly wiped out the whole class. Saved by a smart, calm teacher. You can see why I knit now, can’t you?

  3. Widow Maker? The widow being the lady bird that doesn’t get to marry this egg when it grows up–or is this egg already married?
    I’m confused. Impressed, but confused.
    xox Kay

  4. Perhaps if you dumped some yarn bits outside, she would make her nest with those?

  5. Maybe it’s the Widow Maker because it will land on some other egg/bird who is already married. Like that safe the coyote keeps getting squished by.
    Isn’t this a knitting blog?

  6. I once did the egg drop by wrapping my egg in my pointe shoe. It broke. Guess that’s why ballet hurts so much. :) I hope the Widow Maker works better.

  7. I love the Widow Maker! Not only is your son a science whiz but he’s funny too… Lucky Mom you are!

  8. Wow – you have science going on at home (baby birds) and at school! Good luck on the egg drop. I, too, am curious about the name….

  9. Congratulations on the impending baby birds. Just yesterday the blue jays descended upon our yard to reclaim the yard from our cats. Welcome Spring!

  10. Which way is the egg oriented? Eggs are stronger at their poles than in around the middle. Try cracking an egg by speezing the poles versus squeezing the middle sometime, you’ll see what I’m talking about. :)

  11. “The Widow Maker” … he’s such a GUY, your boy. (I tried to come up with a more appropriate name, and all I could come up with is “The Empty Nester”.)
    I was just thinking of your bluebirds, too. And a good friend of mine (a knitter!) is moving to Nashville this summer …. I must remember to let her know about Knitting at the Library.

  12. Oh horrah! Bird nest watching again! That was so much fun last summer :)

  13. More baby birds? Awesome!
    Love the Widow Maker! That kid has a real sense of humour and a great idea. I bet it works too.

  14. Surely it goes without saying (but of course, I am not familiar with the “not saying” strategy) that we will be eagerly anticipating photographs of the sleeping robin. I’m sure the folks at Planet Earth could give you some tips!

  15. My purple finches have nested, hatched and GONE in just over two weeks! Those babies grow so FAST!
    The Widdow Maker?! Hilarious! Can’t wait to hear how it goes. :)

  16. The 5th graders at my kids school always do an egg drop. They go out side and push it right down the tallest slide. Most break. But I’ll tell you a secret: My son’s classmate last year got his egg to survive by putting it in a small rubbermade container surrounded by liquid. Rather like the fluid that cushions the brain inside our skulls. So after the experiment is done ask you son if anyone tried that.
    PS: this information is not intended for parents of future egg droppers to tell their kids what will work- they have to think to find these things out.
    Amy

  17. When I was in college, we had a similar contest. At that level, the rules were stricter: the drop was 60 feet; no balloons, parachutes, or propellors; and the assembly had to hit a target area. It was a contest, with the lightest weight structure that kept the egg intact as the winner.
    The best designs used high density closed cell packing foam, with some sort of a vane structure of drinking straws and posterboard to make sure it landed right side up/egg end down.
    And of course there were the troublemakers. One guy decided not to even attempt to win the weight goal contest; he decided his own goals were (a) to investigate hydraulic cushioning, and (b) to make a huge mess without getting in trouble. So he put the egg in a big paper cup and filled the cup with honey, and then put the filled cup in a gallon jug full of motor oil, and heaved that off the physics building. The egg survived, so he met both of his goals. Fortunately for me, I had seen this guy working on his idea (he lived in my apartment building), so when I saw his head on the parapet, I stepped well back and dragged my roommates with me; we didn’t get caught in the splash.
    My design involved polyester fiberfill in a cardboard Quaker oatmeal canister with posterboard rocket fins. It worked, but wasn’t near the lightest design. The fun part for me was the test; my roomate and I wanted to check it before the contest, but roof access was not normally allowed for safety reasons, so I climbed up the *outside* of the six-story building to throw it off for a test.
    Too much fun.
    PhilB

  18. I love that egg experiment, my kids had to do it too. And I love the “WidowMaker” moniker on the side of his experiment. Actually, back in the day, I used to date a paratrooper and that was the nickname of his unit, ”The Widowmakers”. Airborne All The Way !!!

  19. You so crack me up! Must be good accommodations there for a returning family with feathers. And I just wonder where that kid gets his sense of humor from!

  20. Wow – we have a robin’s nest, too! We even have eggs (3 on Monday’s post, down to 2 today. Fingers crossed for these 2…)
    come see: http://www.curlerchik.blogspot.com
    I wish I had done the egg drop experiment. Maybe young Son will get to do it soon!

  21. My son did the egg drop in 6th grade with the instructions “use things you find around your house or garage”. Water wings worked great…you know those flotation devices for small children that go around their biceps…with tape over the openings so the egg wouldn’t fall out. Winners from each class competed in the 3-story drop off the roof of the middle school onto the sidewalk. His egg survived! BTW, Ann, did you see Jane Fonda on Colbert’s lap last night? Too funny!

  22. Your boys go to a Waldorf School, don’t they? Are they dressed in tan and blue alike by coindence, or are you one of those incredibly lucky moms whose kids have a School Uniform???? One of my 4 had a uniform (well, any decent jeans/pants plus a collared shirt (any color) with school logo), and I LOVE it. I miss the old dress code at the Waldorf school for the now high schoolers though!

  23. I’ve done the egg drop three times, (elementry school, middle school, and just this year in high school physics). I found that the best thing to do was put the egg in an egg cartain and wrap that in bubble wrap (the idea being that the force from hitting the ground does not reach the egg). Good luck!

  24. I had to do this in school. I think mine won more points for creativity than for actually working. I took the bottoms of two two-liter bottles and made jello in them. Then, I stuck the egg in the middle and duct taped it together. :-) Hope the widow maker worked better than mine did!

  25. When I was in elementary school, long long ago in a galaxy far far away my best friend won the egg drop. She cut a slit in a nerf football, stuffed the egg inside, taped the football closed. They couldn’t get her egg to break no matter what they tried.

  26. Best of luck to the Widow Maker. (Our personal attempt was a duct tape suspension system with fleece insulation.)

  27. Ooh! A robin nest! How wonderful…I hope you post tons of pictures of the nest. We have a tree right outside the bedroom window and I’ve been so hoping for a nest, but so far no dice. There’s an old nest in there I’m thinking of trying to clear out so other prospective house-hunters might want to build there. Of course, my cat’s face pressed to the glass probably isn’t too homey either.

  28. I won mine by using helium balloons. It was the lightest and gave the egg a nice gentle ride down. They did change the rules though and made balloons illegal. I also won the moustrap cars and air compressor cars – funny I didn’t turn out to be more of an engineer!

  29. Ann
    I think I’m jealous. GO over to irisheyesknitters.blogspot.com and see what i got for a nest.

  30. It’s an annual event at our high school and its positivley hilarious to see what the kids come up with. One year a student used a watermelon – it was the widowmaker. Last year my son used marshmallows and was very succesfull, though it was rather sticky from the 90 degree heat wave.
    I can’t wait to see the pictures of the event.

  31. Gosh, I hope the eggs being dropped aren’t from the robin’s nest!!!!