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Earlier this summer, I was in the front yard when a student stopped by to give me a wonderful nest — an example of mockingbird architecture, from the looks of it. I’ve been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to draw the clever structure, which is made up of a rough outer framework of interwoven sticks and twigs (often constructed by the male) supporting a soft inner cup of dried grass (often constructed by the female). There were no eggs in the nest. I simply couldn’t resist including them. It’s a colored pencil drawing, approximately two-thirds complete. Enjoy!