Friday, June 13, 2008

Common Yellowthroat nest with Cowbird egg

Common Yellowthroat nest hidden among dry leaves 2 ft. above ground level

Free time on a sunny morning... Where to go? I landed in a small county park, and had it all to myself except for abundant singing/nesting/feeding birds, including this male Common Yellowthroat with a beak full of bugs. His nest apparently had young birds in it, but I found another Common Yellowthroat nest containing four eggs, one of them being the egg of the parasitic Brown-headed Cowbird.


At 3:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

how do the birds make their nests?
and what are they of?

At 10:05 PM, Blogger FS said...

The birds bring the pieces of material they find, and then weave them together with their beaks.

One book describes the nest like this: "A bulky cup of dead grasses and leaves, ferns, weed stems, bark strips, grass-blades and moss; lined with fine grasses, vine tendrils, bark fibers and often hair."


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