Nests

You might not think this is a good time of year to be talking about nests, but we found two interesting examples of the more than a few you can see in trees now that the leaves are gone. This was upside-down on the grass recently in Green-Wood near a conifer. How did it survive half of winter?

It’s made almost completely of woven grass. And a piece of elastic band? We immediately thought of Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, one of our smallest species, but they, like that other tiny best builder, the Ruby-throated Hummingbird, use lichen and spider silk to bind and disguise their nests. Also it seems just slightly too large for a B-G Gnatcatcher.So who?

This woven sack is unmistakable as the work of Baltimore Orioles. Hanging from these thin branches it hardly looks like it can carry the weight of several eggs or fast-growing chicks. Baltimores will also incorporate string, rope, ribbons, and other human material in their weaving. I’ve seen them pick at rope to get the fibers. The linden bracts and fruits are probably a wind-contributed addition.

Quick reminder: possession of living or dead native bird species and bird products like feathers, eggs, and nests is prohibited by law. This law was designed to stop the killing and collecting-to-death of so many species a century ago. While Trump’s corrupt enemies-of-the-planet allies want to take away protections for migratory birds, we will not follow in those fuckers’ footsteps.

1 Response to “Nests”


  1. 1 Sid February 4, 2018 at 2:20 am

    Just found you online; enjoyable blog(s). Laughed out loud at last sentence in this particular one.


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