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Itty Bitty Birds Nest

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Imp, Jan 28, 2012.

  1. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I was outside today cleaning up the storm debris. I decided to clean out the 5 birdhouses I have in the back yard.
    1 was empty
    1 had the start of a nest
    1 had a nest
    1 had 2 nests, one on top of the other, the top one had a petrified bird in it.
    and the last one, the smallest, had this in it. I have no idea why they didn't hatch. It's seems to be made of moss and cat hair.
    The other nests were twigs and chicken feathers.


    Imp

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  2. Darlasmum

    Darlasmum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So tiny- like a hummingbird ?---lucky you.
     
  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Sooo small! I've never seen such tiny eggs... :love
     
  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I did some research. It's a Black Capped Chickadee nest. I don't know what the others are.

    Imp
     
  5. dewey

    dewey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Aww, what tiny little eggs....such hard work they did......sounds like your nests are gonna be full come spring, though. [​IMG]
     
  6. Bunnylady

    Bunnylady POOF Goes the Pooka

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    I was thinking Chickadee when I saw the moss. We often have Chickadees nesting in boxes that were set up for Bluebirds. Many, many (too many!!) years ago, when I was a kid, I remember a Chickadee landing only a couple of feet away from me to gather moss for the nest it was building; I was amazed that something so tiny could be unperturbed by something as big as a human. They are amazing little birds! Hopefully they will be successful this year.
     
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    As I was reading along, I was all excited that I could tell you that I thought it was a chickadee. You found out on your own, and Bunnylady beat me to the punch anyway. [​IMG] For the past two years a pair has nested in one of my blue bird boxes - base of the nest is moss which is covered by soft and fluffy golden retriever hair. [​IMG]
     
  8. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Thanks for the reminder. It's time for me to clean mine out.

    My guess on why they didn't hatch is that something fatal happened to the parent. I sometimes find unhatched eggs or even a dead baby in bird nests.
     
  9. Bunnylady

    Bunnylady POOF Goes the Pooka

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    My thought too, but I wasn't going to say it.[​IMG]

    One time, I left cleaning out my bird boxes until a bit too late, and found a flying squirrel family in one! Momma and 5 little babies; she took off when I opened the box. I was horrified, but some quick research assured me that flying squirrels are pretty tolerant of people. I put things back the way I had found them, and watched from a distance until I saw the mother return to her nest. What a relief!
     
  10. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I have lots of Black Capped Chickadees in the yard, but I thought I'd seen them in the other boxes, so i assumed that those other nests were from them. Thought that this nest was from the tiny Bushtits. I found out that The Bushtits make hanging (pendulous) nests. I've found several of those as well, but only one that was salvagable. It's in the shed. So I identified two nests last night. I wasn't able to ID the other nests, will have to pay attention to the birds this year.
    My winter project this year is to build a 10 room bird condo. If I get it done I'll post pics.

    Imp

    Squirrels would be kind of exciting.
     
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2012

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