|I enjoyed reading this. I can almost see the nest. There is one two yards down that was filled with snow, just two days ago.
Stanza 1, line two: punctuation is inconsistent with punctuation patterns you established in the rest of the poem. I am a firm believer, when using single or few word lines, less is better when it comes to punctuation.
Stanza 2: First two lines flow beautifully, are descriptive and punctuation enhances meaning.
Line 3: consider "by" instead of "from" because it increases consonance (B.) In addition, the "m" in "from" seems, to my ear, out of place in the sound of this line. Did you consider using the word "weather" instead of "wind and rain?"
Line 4: I would consider dropping "and." for rhythm.
Stanza 3, line 1: "Hidden, almost" feels awkward. Did you consider "nearly hidden?" I would drop "the." You might consider "autumn" instead of "fall" to improve rhythm. All suggestions taken, it would read "nearly hidden by autumn leaves." The period at the end breaks rhythm, which appears to be what suggested the also unnecessary "t'was." Last line does not need the first two words at all.
As I said, I like this, even though it seems I have made many suggestions. I don't know if they all, or any for that matter, will feel right to you. We each have our own ear. I approached this the way I approach my own writing. I love the image: the gift, once vital, now abandoned, across the road, distant from where I am now. Excellent image.
Thank you for sharing this. I would love feedback about whether any of this was helpful, and, I would love to see revisions.