9.22.2011

Shelter...

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We've found the most incredible birds nests here and they're too beautiful not to share. See the hydrangeas in the nest below? It appears to be a popular building material around here.

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nestWe found this little nest on a visit to the farm before we bought it. It was sitting in an old wine barrel by the back door, so I tucked it under a tree and found it again when we moved in.

nestI found these two (below) stacked together, a two-story bird apartment. More hydrangeas.

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nestThis may sound like a silly question, but can you identify birds by the nests they've built?

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14 comments:

April said...

I'm sure there are plenty of websites or maybe even a book or two from your local library to ID nests.

"They" say if you find a nest before you buy a house, its supposed to be good luck.

Lenore said...

You can! I'm not great with bird nests, but the bottom ones look like they could be sallow nests and the one made of hair could easily be eastern bluebird. Since you live in perfect Bluebird habitat you should think about putting up some nesting boxes. They are wonderful birds with a beautiful song, and they are a Threatened species so allowing them safe nesting is vital!

Amy G said...

Yes you can. I just searched "identifying bird nests" and got a huge number of hits. Maybe if you added your region or state into the search it would narrow it down. Good luck! The nests are beautiful! Nature is such wonder!

bklopst said...

There's a beautiful book by photographer Sharon Beals called 'Nests' published by Chronicle Books;
the birdnests in the book,like yours,are truly works of art.

Btw abbey; i think it's a great thing you're doing for your community, hope you reach your goal.

Belle said...

It is interesting how different they all are. I love the little wispy one shaped like a cone. I can't identify bird's nests.

curlygirlpress said...

Lucky, lucky! I think you can tell types of birds by their nests, at least the basic characteristics like bowl shape vs. cavity, grass vs. feathers and hair, etc. My last nest was made of grasses, feathers, some plastic fiber, horse hair and what appeared to be bird poo but I'm ignoring that part. = )

sécia said...

So sweet.

♥ sécia
www.petiteinsanities.blogspot.com

frecklewonder said...

those are so beautiful!!! what a collection!

i am no expert, but i'm pretty sure you can identify, at least somewhat-- we have a bunch of bluebird boxes in our yard and sometimes the chickadees move in first- when we clean out the houses you can tell who was in there by the nest material...

i love that you hid a nest before you bought the place and came back later to find it!!

Heather said...

I have one just like the middle picture and I believe it is a chickadee nest.

sarah bacchus said...

Lovely post! I mentioned it on my blog :]
sarah
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robyn said...

I don't know about identifying birds by their nest, but this made me think of a home decor idea I saw once and loved. A friend of a friend of mine is the decorator for an anthropologie store and her home is AMAZING! She had a collection of birds nest that go across the mantlepiece. Just remembered a picture I took of it: http://www.flickr.com/photos/robayre/2747627823/

Juli said...

I believe the bottom 2 are barn swallow nests. That gorgeous middle one appears to be made from horse hair (tail/mane) but I have no idea what bird might've made it.

molly | mommycoddle.com said...

Hi Abbey,

I just had to share a link to this post on my blog...we have little nest twins. :)

Karyn said...

I'm insanely jealous! I am fascinated by nests! I have two under glass in our living room. These are so amazing and varied, I could study them for hours. One more reason to love your new farmhouse!

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