Hidden Nests

I am one of those that snoops gently around in the bushes in the spring looking for those secret nests.   But, I’m not usually very successful, so one of the things I love about fall and winter is finding those hidden nests that were so painstakingly made and camouflaged so well.  I am always so surprised when the leaves fall off the bushes and there they are! How did I miss them?

We walk right under this crabapple tree to get to the backyard.  We could tell that birds were hanging out in this spot because of the mess on the bricks below, but the leaves were too dense to spot the nest until the leaves dropped.

bird nest

 

bird nest

 

bird nest

This one was in a fairly young Redbud.

bird nest

bird nest

A friend needed a nest for a classroom project. Luckily she asked in the early fall so I knew just where to get a perfect one for her.  It had been abandoned in a Blackhaw Viburnum.

bird nest

 

bird nest

Then there’s the ones you stumble upon out in the forests and fields.

bird nest

 There’s actually two nests in this shrub.  Pretty unusual to be so close together, so maybe one was from a prior year.  

bird nest

And of course, there’s the squirrels who need to nest as well.

squirrel nest

4 responses to “Hidden Nests

  1. You have found your niche with the interesting blog that you write. I like the variety of topics and photos that go along with them!

  2. I too like finding nests, but like you rarely do in the breeding months. Come Fall, there they are. The only problem is I can’t tell what bird occupied them from the nest built.

    • True, sometimes I can guess if I’ve seen birds hanging around in the area. Mostly, I think I find robin’s nests. I am puzzled where the rest of the birds nest.
      The real close up photo above seemed fairly unique, so I actually searched out what it might be. I’m fairly certain, based on materials, location and common birds on the area, that it’s a red-eyed vireo.

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