An Eastern bluebird built a nest in the newspaper compartment of the mailbox on the right, located on a horse farm. The nest contained five eggs. Photo by Rob Barron of VA.
Two separate bluebird nestcups in the base of an electrical meter. Photo by Keith Kridler of TX.
Other unusual locations: Larry Joplin of MO said that in 2007, bluebirds were feeding young in a nest above the door of a building under construction in MO. In 2008, a person reported a EABL nest under a bridge in a Cliff Swallow nest in northeastern OK. In 2008, a person in east-central Oklahoma reported an active EABL nest under a pavilion in an old Barn Swallow nest.
An Eastern Bluebird nesting in a sign post, with the entrance about 24" off the ground. They nested in the same spot last year. The traffic is unbelievable here. Keith used to have nestboxes here, but they were removed to make way for road construction for a new Wal-Mart SuperCenter. House Sparrows are everywhere in this area. Photo by Keith Kridler of TX.
A Violet-green Swallow nesting in a sailboat boom. Photo provided by Malcolm Rodin.
The student of Nature wonders the more and is astonished the less, the more conversant he becomes with her operations; but of all the perennial miracles she offers to his inspection, perhaps the most worthy of admiration is the development of a plant or of an animal from its embryo.
-Thomas Henry Huxley, British biologist and educator. Reflection #54, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan, 1907.
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