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Cacti can make great homes for birds too - just ask these Curve-billed Thrasher chicks! Cactus spines can provide a grea...
06/17/2021

Cacti can make great homes for birds too - just ask these Curve-billed Thrasher chicks! Cactus spines can provide a great defense against predators, but adults will break off spines that interfere with their nest, creating a safe little hideaway for their young.
📷: Luanne Hirsch

Cacti can make great homes for birds too - just ask these Curve-billed Thrasher chicks! Cactus spines can provide a great defense against predators, but adults will break off spines that interfere with their nest, creating a safe little hideaway for their young.
📷: Luanne Hirsch

How small is an Anna's Hummingbird's nest? About the size of a large thimble (4 cm x 4 cm)! These tiny birds lay eggs th...
06/16/2021

How small is an Anna's Hummingbird's nest? About the size of a large thimble (4 cm x 4 cm)! These tiny birds lay eggs the size of small mint candies, and the nestlings, once hatched, only need about 20 days or so to grow to their full size! Have you ever found a hummingbird nest?
📷: Susan Etherton

How small is an Anna's Hummingbird's nest? About the size of a large thimble (4 cm x 4 cm)! These tiny birds lay eggs the size of small mint candies, and the nestlings, once hatched, only need about 20 days or so to grow to their full size! Have you ever found a hummingbird nest?
📷: Susan Etherton

Time for the answer to today's #TuesdayTrickyNestID post. This is a Great Crested Flycatcher nest! They often incorporat...
06/15/2021

Time for the answer to today's #TuesdayTrickyNestID post. This is a Great Crested Flycatcher nest! They often incorporate snake skin in the nesting material. Learn more here: https://buff.ly/3u0C8z5
Did you guess correctly?
📷: Andrew Staufer (nest), Mary Fredenburgh (bird)

Time for #TuesdayTrickyNestID! This nest was built in a nest box in a backyard in Michigan. The nest is made up of a var...
06/15/2021

Time for #TuesdayTrickyNestID! This nest was built in a nest box in a backyard in Michigan. The nest is made up of a variety of materials and the eggs are white with brownish streaking. Comment below to tell us what you think - we'll post the answer this afternoon! Need a hint? Try our Common Nesting Birds tool: https://buff.ly/2Tbl0qx
📷: Andrew Staufer

Time for #TuesdayTrickyNestID! This nest was built in a nest box in a backyard in Michigan. The nest is made up of a variety of materials and the eggs are white with brownish streaking. Comment below to tell us what you think - we'll post the answer this afternoon! Need a hint? Try our Common Nesting Birds tool: https://buff.ly/2Tbl0qx
📷: Andrew Staufer

A warm summer day is perfect for a nap by the lake! These freshly fledged Wood Duck ducklings were found and photographe...
06/14/2021

A warm summer day is perfect for a nap by the lake! These freshly fledged Wood Duck ducklings were found and photographed by Tamra Tiemeyer. Want Wood Ducks at your pond? Try installing a Wood Duck nest box to attract these cavity-nesting birds: https://buff.ly/2PHvDxD

A warm summer day is perfect for a nap by the lake! These freshly fledged Wood Duck ducklings were found and photographed by Tamra Tiemeyer. Want Wood Ducks at your pond? Try installing a Wood Duck nest box to attract these cavity-nesting birds: https://buff.ly/2PHvDxD

Spending time in the AC while it's hot outside? Check out Nest Quest Go! This project, which can be accessed on the Zoon...
06/10/2021

Spending time in the AC while it's hot outside? Check out Nest Quest Go! This project, which can be accessed on the Zooniverse website or app, gives participants a chance to transcribe our historical nest records, which will later get added to the NestWatch database! Check it out here: https://buff.ly/2Mx7xpP

Spending time in the AC while it's hot outside? Check out Nest Quest Go! This project, which can be accessed on the Zooniverse website or app, gives participants a chance to transcribe our historical nest records, which will later get added to the NestWatch database! Check it out here: https://buff.ly/2Mx7xpP

Each of these Cedar Waxwing fledglings seem to be begging for food from one another, but their expressions are pretty hi...
06/09/2021

Each of these Cedar Waxwing fledglings seem to be begging for food from one another, but their expressions are pretty hilarious out of context! What would you caption this photo?
📷 Belen Schneider

Each of these Cedar Waxwing fledglings seem to be begging for food from one another, but their expressions are pretty hilarious out of context! What would you caption this photo?
📷 Belen Schneider

Time for the answer to today's #TuesdayTrickyNestID post. This is an American Goldfinch nest! They often use rootlets an...
06/08/2021

Time for the answer to today's #TuesdayTrickyNestID post. This is an American Goldfinch nest! They often use rootlets and plant fibers lined with plant down, and the nest is often woven so tightly that it can hold water! Learn more here: https://buff.ly/35agopT
Did you guess correctly?
📷: Ryan Tracy (nest), Laura Frazier (female goldfinch)

Time for #TuesdayTrickyNestID! This nest was built in an Indiana backyard in open woodland habitat. The nest is small, e...
06/08/2021

Time for #TuesdayTrickyNestID! This nest was built in an Indiana backyard in open woodland habitat. The nest is small, eggs are pale bluish-white, and the nest is built on a tree branch. Comment below to tell us what you think - we'll post the answer this afternoon! Need a hint? Try our Common Nesting Birds tool: https://buff.ly/2Tbl0qx
📷: Ryan Tracy

Time for #TuesdayTrickyNestID! This nest was built in an Indiana backyard in open woodland habitat. The nest is small, eggs are pale bluish-white, and the nest is built on a tree branch. Comment below to tell us what you think - we'll post the answer this afternoon! Need a hint? Try our Common Nesting Birds tool: https://buff.ly/2Tbl0qx
📷: Ryan Tracy

Got trees in your yard that need to come down? If you can, it's best to wait until the fall - lots of cavity-nesting bir...
06/07/2021

Got trees in your yard that need to come down? If you can, it's best to wait until the fall - lots of cavity-nesting birds love to nest in dead trees and many are sitting on nests right now. If for safety reasons you need to take them down sooner, consider leaving a 6-10 foot stump for the birds, or installing some nest boxes.
📷: Black-capped Chickadee by Laura Finazzo

Got trees in your yard that need to come down? If you can, it's best to wait until the fall - lots of cavity-nesting birds love to nest in dead trees and many are sitting on nests right now. If for safety reasons you need to take them down sooner, consider leaving a 6-10 foot stump for the birds, or installing some nest boxes.
📷: Black-capped Chickadee by Laura Finazzo

Do you live near Brood X? Are you seeing birds eating cicadas? Share your photos with us! Scott Jakovics shared this pho...
06/04/2021

Do you live near Brood X? Are you seeing birds eating cicadas? Share your photos with us! Scott Jakovics shared this photo of an Eastern Bluebird, and says she was off to feed her young in a nest box. Submit your photos to NestWatch's public gallery here: https://buff.ly/3cGCrHg

Do you live near Brood X? Are you seeing birds eating cicadas? Share your photos with us! Scott Jakovics shared this photo of an Eastern Bluebird, and says she was off to feed her young in a nest box. Submit your photos to NestWatch's public gallery here: https://buff.ly/3cGCrHg

Want to help more nesting birds be successful? Join experts from Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Audubon's Plants for Bir...
06/03/2021

Want to help more nesting birds be successful? Join experts from Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Audubon's Plants for Birds on June 8 at 12:00 p.m. ET for a discussion on how to choose native plants that will thrive, and get tips on creating gardens that meet the needs of birds. No matter how large or small your growing space, you’ll be inspired to put on your gardening gloves and get busy creating a bird-friendly environment! Register to attend this free event here: http://bit.ly/GardeningForBirds

Black-throated Blue Warbler by Susan Disher / ML180786391 https://buff.ly/34IpObE

Want to help more nesting birds be successful? Join experts from Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Audubon's Plants for Birds on June 8 at 12:00 p.m. ET for a discussion on how to choose native plants that will thrive, and get tips on creating gardens that meet the needs of birds. No matter how large or small your growing space, you’ll be inspired to put on your gardening gloves and get busy creating a bird-friendly environment! Register to attend this free event here: http://bit.ly/GardeningForBirds

Black-throated Blue Warbler by Susan Disher / ML180786391 https://buff.ly/34IpObE

If you live in some parts of the east, you might be experiencing a cacophony of cicadas! Brood X is an enormous cohort o...
06/02/2021
Will Brood X Benefit Nesting Birds? - NestWatch

If you live in some parts of the east, you might be experiencing a cacophony of cicadas! Brood X is an enormous cohort of periodical cicadas in North America and is emerging now. In our latest blog post we explore their relationship with birds and NestWatchers are asked to be on the lookout for impacts on the 2021 nesting season. Read all about it:

Brood X is an enormous cohort of periodical cicadas in North America and is emerging now! NestWatchers are asked to be on the lookout for impacts on the 2021 nesting season.

Sometimes nest boxes don't always attract our target species. Darrell Gammon found this Carolina Wren nest built inside ...
06/01/2021

Sometimes nest boxes don't always attract our target species. Darrell Gammon found this Carolina Wren nest built inside of a Wood Duck box! Have you ever found birds nesting in a unusual spot?

Sometimes nest boxes don't always attract our target species. Darrell Gammon found this Carolina Wren nest built inside of a Wood Duck box! Have you ever found birds nesting in a unusual spot?

Happy Memorial Day to our US followers!A friendly reminder: our offices are closed today and will reopen tomorrow, Tuesd...
05/31/2021

Happy Memorial Day to our US followers!
A friendly reminder: our offices are closed today and will reopen tomorrow, Tuesday, June 1.
📷: Carolina Wren nest by Evette Braenovich

Happy Memorial Day to our US followers!
A friendly reminder: our offices are closed today and will reopen tomorrow, Tuesday, June 1.
📷: Carolina Wren nest by Evette Braenovich

Got a long weekend at the lake? Don't forget to check your equipment for nests! If you find a nest with eggs or young, r...
05/28/2021

Got a long weekend at the lake? Don't forget to check your equipment for nests! If you find a nest with eggs or young, reach out to a local wildlife rehabilitator, who will be able to give you the best advice for your situation - in most cases it is against federal law to disturb or move a wild birds' nest.
📷: Eastern Kingbird by Felicity Rask

Got a long weekend at the lake? Don't forget to check your equipment for nests! If you find a nest with eggs or young, reach out to a local wildlife rehabilitator, who will be able to give you the best advice for your situation - in most cases it is against federal law to disturb or move a wild birds' nest.
📷: Eastern Kingbird by Felicity Rask

What should you do if you find a baby bird? It depends! Read this article so you're prepared in case it ever happens to ...
05/27/2021
I found a baby bird. What do I do?

What should you do if you find a baby bird? It depends! Read this article so you're prepared in case it ever happens to you:

At some point, nearly everyone who spends time outdoors finds a baby bird—one that is unable to fly well and seems lost or abandoned. Your first impulse may be to help the young bird, but in the great majority of cases the young bird doesn't need help. In fact, intervening often makes the situatio...

If you live in some parts of the east, you might be experiencing a cacophony of cicadas! Brood X is an enormous cohort o...
05/26/2021
Will Brood X Benefit Nesting Birds? - NestWatch

If you live in some parts of the east, you might be experiencing a cacophony of cicadas! Brood X is an enormous cohort of periodical cicadas in North America and is emerging now. In our latest blog post we explore their relationship with birds and NestWatchers are asked to be on the lookout for impacts on the 2021 nesting season. Read all about it:

Brood X is an enormous cohort of periodical cicadas in North America and is emerging now! NestWatchers are asked to be on the lookout for impacts on the 2021 nesting season.

Time for the answer to today's #TuesdayTrickyNestID post. This one was extra tricky - it is... drumroll... a chicken nes...
05/25/2021

Time for the answer to today's #TuesdayTrickyNestID post. This one was extra tricky - it is... drumroll... a chicken nest! Madison Hall found these eggs in the yard and as it turns out, free-ranging chickens will
sometimes lay a "secret" nest, away from the coop where the eggs are normally collected.
Did you guess correctly?
📷: Madison Hall

Time for the answer to today's #TuesdayTrickyNestID post. This one was extra tricky - it is... drumroll... a chicken nest! Madison Hall found these eggs in the yard and as it turns out, free-ranging chickens will
sometimes lay a "secret" nest, away from the coop where the eggs are normally collected.
Did you guess correctly?
📷: Madison Hall

Time for #TuesdayTrickyNestID! This nest was built in someone's backyard, in an overgrown area. The eggs are on the grou...
05/25/2021

Time for #TuesdayTrickyNestID! This nest was built in someone's backyard, in an overgrown area. The eggs are on the ground, and the bird can be found over most of the continent. Comment below to tell us what you think - we'll post the answer this afternoon!
📷: Madison Hall

Time for #TuesdayTrickyNestID! This nest was built in someone's backyard, in an overgrown area. The eggs are on the ground, and the bird can be found over most of the continent. Comment below to tell us what you think - we'll post the answer this afternoon!
📷: Madison Hall

Did you know? Once birds fledge the nest, they often stick around with their parents for the next few weeks (or months!)...
05/24/2021

Did you know? Once birds fledge the nest, they often stick around with their parents for the next few weeks (or months!) before they become independent. During this time, birds learn how to fly more strongly and find food for themselves. Have you seen fledglings hopping around your yard yet this year?
📷: Eastern Bluebirds by Anthony Schmitt

Did you know? Once birds fledge the nest, they often stick around with their parents for the next few weeks (or months!) before they become independent. During this time, birds learn how to fly more strongly and find food for themselves. Have you seen fledglings hopping around your yard yet this year?
📷: Eastern Bluebirds by Anthony Schmitt

If you live near Sandhill Cranes, you might be lucky enough to spot colts this time of year! Eggs are incubated for abou...
05/21/2021

If you live near Sandhill Cranes, you might be lucky enough to spot colts this time of year! Eggs are incubated for about a month, but once the young hatch they usually leave their nest within 24 hours. Share your Sandhill Crane-spotting photos below!
📷: Ewa Mutzenmore

If you live near Sandhill Cranes, you might be lucky enough to spot colts this time of year! Eggs are incubated for about a month, but once the young hatch they usually leave their nest within 24 hours. Share your Sandhill Crane-spotting photos below!
📷: Ewa Mutzenmore

Have you tried out the new NestWatch mobile app yet? The improved design makes participating in NestWatch easier than ev...
05/20/2021

Have you tried out the new NestWatch mobile app yet? The improved design makes participating in NestWatch easier than ever! Download or update using the links on this page: https://buff.ly/2NkIAwg Available in the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Have you tried out the new NestWatch mobile app yet? The improved design makes participating in NestWatch easier than ever! Download or update using the links on this page: https://buff.ly/2NkIAwg Available in the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Have you ever come across a scene where a little bird is chasing or dive-bombing a bigger bird? These brave little fight...
05/19/2021
What's going on when I see little birds going after a big bird?

Have you ever come across a scene where a little bird is chasing or dive-bombing a bigger bird? These brave little fighters are "mobbing" potential predators. And they don't just mob their larger avian cousins, they may also mob mammals that they believe are a threat, including humans. Read all about it:

You witnessed a behavior called “mobbing,” where smaller birds swoop and dash at flying or perched larger birds (and sometimes mammals). They typically do this in an effort to drive away potential predators from a breeding territory, a nest or young, or a nonbreeding home range. Common mobbers i...

Got a nest that’s a bit too difficult to see into? Try using a mirror, or your phone on a "selfie stick!" These can be g...
05/19/2021

Got a nest that’s a bit too difficult to see into? Try using a mirror, or your phone on a "selfie stick!" These can be great, non-invasive ways to get a quick look at the contents of a nest.
📷: Chris Durlacher

Got a nest that’s a bit too difficult to see into? Try using a mirror, or your phone on a "selfie stick!" These can be great, non-invasive ways to get a quick look at the contents of a nest.
📷: Chris Durlacher

Time for the answer to today's #TuesdayTrickyNestID post. You guessed it, this nest was built by an Eastern Bluebird! Le...
05/18/2021

Time for the answer to today's #TuesdayTrickyNestID post. You guessed it, this nest was built by an Eastern Bluebird! Learn more about this species here: https://buff.ly/38jmrL0
Did you guess correctly?
📷: Shannon Murphy (nest) and Steven Liffmann (birds)

Time for #TuesdayTrickyNestID! This nest was built in a nest box and is made mainly of grasses. It was found in a yard i...
05/18/2021

Time for #TuesdayTrickyNestID! This nest was built in a nest box and is made mainly of grasses. It was found in a yard in Michigan. Comment below to tell us what you think - we'll post the answer this afternoon! Need a hint? Try our Common Nesting Birds tool: https://buff.ly/2Tbl0qx
📷: Shannon Murphy

Time for #TuesdayTrickyNestID! This nest was built in a nest box and is made mainly of grasses. It was found in a yard in Michigan. Comment below to tell us what you think - we'll post the answer this afternoon! Need a hint? Try our Common Nesting Birds tool: https://buff.ly/2Tbl0qx
📷: Shannon Murphy

The breeding season has begun over most of the continent now. What birds are you seeing in your boxes? Do you have cup n...
05/17/2021

The breeding season has begun over most of the continent now. What birds are you seeing in your boxes? Do you have cup nests in your yard? Share your photos and stories below!
📷: Black-capped Chickadee eggs by Douglas Wipf

The breeding season has begun over most of the continent now. What birds are you seeing in your boxes? Do you have cup nests in your yard? Share your photos and stories below!
📷: Black-capped Chickadee eggs by Douglas Wipf

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I read your article about brown headed cowbirds. It stated they avoid forest areas. Not true. I live against a National Forest and fight these menaces every year.
I have posted an update on the progress in all our nest boxes with lots of photos and a couple of videos of Bluebirds.
Blue-jays returned today(2) Spring is bursting all over.
Question: my tree swallows just returned! Northern Flathead, Montana. I have 5 nesting boxes that are very successful every year. But one of them always has a yellow jacket nest inside the roof of the box. Is there a way to deter the wasps from making a nest in there short of taking the box down?
Hello, someone had posted a picture of a bird 'house' made from 2 coconut basket halves. Can someone post that again? The wrens are back in the eaves.
Lavender Waxbills building their nest. Big Iland, Hawaii Dec,2020
Diving dabblers
Hoping you can identify the owner of this nest...In Nova Scotia. Approximately large orange size...about 5 feet off the ground. Someone suggested a Red-Eyed Vireo perhaps. Thanks!
I live in Woodstock GA. For the past month when I have been outside I have what I assume is an Eastern Phebe with a yellow underside that follows me around and often perches on my head or shoulder when I am upright (even walking) and on my back when I am stooping over. It will usually perch on my finger or arm if I hold it out and kisses my face and/or hovers in front of my eyes often (assume it is eating an insect(s)). It greets me almost immediately no matter which of the 4 doors on 3 sides of my house I go out and usually gets right in my face and then backs off. It flies around other people in my yard/garden but seldom gets close unless they are close to me.
I observed some interesting Bluebird behavior, including what looked like juveniles still begging for food:
Hello all - I really want to put up some bird houses and winter roosting boxes. I have chickadees, finches, titmice, juncos. I do have some trees I can put them. But I worry about predators getting to them. Is it better to hang them from branches? Or what about attaching it to a shephard's hook? Will the smooth metal make it harder for predators to get to them? Would T-Posts work? But again, seems like a predator could climb that . . . Many thanks!
I found this nest in Clovis California.