Nests & NestingMystery NestsUnusual Nest Sites - Part 2

Unusual Nest Sites – Part 2

Cavity Nester Nests, Eggs and Young Photos and Bios. Also see Nest ID Matrix (contents) and Egg ID Matrix (color, spots, etc.)

Select bird name (alphabetical) Ash Thoated Flycatcher Bio Ash Throated Flycatcher Photos Bewick’s Wren Bio Bewick’s Wren Photos Black-capped Chickadee Photos Black-capped Chickadee Bio Bluebird – Eastern Bio Bluebird – Eastern, Photos Bluebird – Eastern, sequence from egg to fledge Bluebird, Mountain Bio Bluebird, Mountain, Photos Bluebird, Western Bio Bluebirds, Western Photos Brown-headed Nuthatch photos Carolina Chickadee bio Carolina Chickadee Photos Carolina Wren Bio Carolina Wren Photos Cowbird Bio Cowbird Photos Flying Squirrel Bio Flying Squirrel Photos Great Crested Flycatcher Photos Great Crested Flycatcher Bio House Finch Bio House Finch Photos House Sparrow Nest Photos House Sparrow Bio House Wren Bio House Wren Photos Mice and Rats Mountain Chickadee Bio Mountain Chickadee Photos Phoebe Photos Prothonotary Warblers Bio Prothonotary Warbler Photos Pygmy Nuthatch Red Squirrels Bio Starling (European) Photos Starling (European) Bio Titmouse, Juniper Bio Titmouse, Juniper, Photos Titmouse, Oak Photos Titmouse, Tufted Bio Titmouse, Tufted Photos Tree Swallow Bio Tree Swallow Photos Violet-Green Swallow Bio Violet-green Swallow Photos Western Bluebird Bio Western Bluebird photos White-breasted Nuthatch Photos White-breasted Nuthatch Bio

Mailbox Bluebird nest. Photo by Rob Barron.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.
Nest in newspaper holder. Photo by Rob Barron.
Bluebirds nesting in elecrtical meter box. Photo by Keith Kridler.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.

EABL nesting in pipe. Photo by Keith Kridler.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.
Carolina Wren nesting in a motorcycle helmet. Photo by Bet ZimmermanA Carolina Wren nesting in a motorcycle helmet in my friend’s garage. Photo by Bet Zimmerman. See more photos of Carolina Wrens, and information about their nesting biology.
Violet-green swallow nesting in sailboat boom. Photo provided by Malcolm Rodin.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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