The beauty of bird nests, which bird has the best?

Ornithologists have theorized that birds first began to build nests when they were unable to locate natural cavities. Of the 470 perching (passerine) birds in North America, about 25 percent use holes or build domed structures, while the remainder has open nests constructed from scratch. These open nests vary greatly in regard to adaptation to the immediate environment as well as to the needs of individual species.

An illustrated book such as “A Field Guide to Bird’s Nests” (1975) by Hal H. Harrison will allow you to identify many of the nests you can locate on your property or immediate vicinity.

Do not disturb nesting birds. Observe them from a distance using binoculars or a spotting scope.

Birds:Go with a birding group to learn species and vocalizations

If you spot a nest situated in a shrub or tree fork or out on a horizontal limb that has a mud-lined interior, chances are it was built by a female robin. She shaped the mud to fit her body while it was still moist. While in the nest-building phase a female robin will often build many nests side by side, although she normally lays eggs in just one of them.

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