For a while now I have been collecting birds' nests photos. (It's getting much easier now with the bare trees!) I mentioned this to a friend and was encouraged into the treetops for those top down shots. Being rather jittery with heights and averse to sudden crashes through the branches, I thought I'd stay put on the ground and do my best from there.
Lo and behold, my wish (or was that hers?) was answered. Laying on the ground right in front of me on my way home path was this beautiful little nest, complete with egg!
Not until I pick up a copy of Petersons Eastern Birds' Nests will I have an ID. That is, unless someone can help out here? The egg is 3/4" long by 1/2" wide. It's white and it's not clear to me if there is some dark brown speckling or if it's dirt. If it is speckling, it's neither prominent nor plentiful. I was unable to scrape it off--the delicate shell was crumbling under even a light touch.