• 107. Carlyn Ron Doss, MS

    This Prothonotary Warbler…commonly “Golden Swamp Warbler”, is nesting in a wren box on my patio table, in Central Mississippi. From “Audubon Society Field Guide….”: “the Prothonotary Warbler is one of the only two warbler species to nest in cavities”. I set up a knock-down blind, a “Doghouse” style camo one, sat, watched and waited trying to get both the hen and cock in a single frame. No luck. This is not so much a “funky” nest, nor a “funky” place; but unusual. 1. apparently this bird is fairly reclusive, preferring deep swamps and woods for nesting. To have a pair nesting only 20 feet from the house, in a relatively high traffic area, has gotta be “unusual”. 2. This warbler is uncommon, though not unknown in this area. This is my first sighting in over 65 years of birding. 3. Getting a photo was, to me, mandatory. I am a semi-retired outdoor writer (with some 1000 published credits), and photographer (1500 or so published photos).

  • 106. Virginia Goettl_WI

    This is a nest of American Robin babies above my outside dog, Maya’s, house. My boyfriend and I noticed two nests up in the rafters of the shed and we noticed the one on the right had some sort of little flower like things in it. We are still unsure of what exactly they are but we had seen them hanging in a tree a few days before which signified to us that the nest on the right was new. After watching over it for a few days and seeing nothing change we set it aside in our minds and didn’t pay much attention to it. One day we were playing with Maya and noticed a female American Robin was hopping close by with a worm in her beak and realized that she was probably waiting for us to leave so she could feed her babies, so we peeked up and noticed their little beaks wide open waiting for mama to come with their dinner. It’s really enjoyable to watch the birds, but to see something like this in particular, is awesome. 🙂

  • 105. Cedric Prieels_Belgium

    I found this nest in my postbox.

  • 98-100. Nancy Boyle_NY

    Photo #1:July 5. The parents are very excitable. Robin eggs take 12-16 days to hatch. So we can start looking for hatching starting about 7/15… Usually they lay 3-5 eggs, one per day. No eggs were laid yesterday so maybe they are only going to have 2? July 6. Before she can lay her eggs, the female robin, with help from her mate, builds a nest from twigs, mud and dried grass. A finished nest is circular and deep enough to safely cradle the eggs and, later, the nestlings. Nest-building takes the robins two to six days. A pair of robins will often nest two or three times in a season.

    Photo #2: July 20. Mama Robin watches carefully…

    Photo #3:This was an American Robin nest in a petunia hanging basket on my front porch: July 18. ‎3 days old – I think they’ve about doubled in size!

  • 97. Ben Bailey_CO

    Last year the American Dipper pair had one chick and then the nest was vandalized over the winter. It sits on a ledge under the Hot Springs Boulevard Bridge, in Pagosa Springs, CO. I found it while fly fishing the San Juan River. The adults have rebuilt the nest for the 2011 breeding season

  • 96. Penny Wilkes_CA

    This Hooded Oriole nest was discovered in a yucca tree by the La Jolla Cove, La Jolla, CA. I kept seeing the male and female birds zooming in and out from deep in the yucca tree’s leaves. Many brown and hanging leaves protected the sac-like nest. Finally I saw and heard the birds and found the nest. I was fifteen feet down from the nest and used a Nikon D-80 to capture the baby birds and parents. In this photo, the male is feeding.

  • 94. Susan Kalkbrenner_OH

    I hang 3 baskets of spider plants on our front porch every spring. I only had enough baby spider plants rooted for two baskets so I hung the third basket up empty until I got some spideys rooted. One week later I sent my son to get the basket for me. He came back with a funny look on his face…he and the Mourning Dove had a face to face meeting and he said, “It scared the (#@* outta me!” We agreed that the dove probably felt the same way about him! There were a few strands of grass in the empty basket so we hung it back on the porch and within a few minutes the dove was back. The doves have been hanging tight ever since and we have even witnessed the two parents trading spots. No babies yet! We can see the birds when we look out the sidelights of our front door – that is the perspective that the photo is taken from. Whoever is in the nest will hunker down when they know we are nearby but they rarely fly off. I checked on them the other day when we had a rain/hail storm and the parent was still on the nest looking wet but determined. Only a few days left before the little ones will be hatching and we can’t wait!

  • 93. Carl Greiner_MN

    Flower planter in downtown Rochester, MN

  • 92. Chris Brown_MI

    This nest is right outside the main entrance to our business, AND right in front of Visitor Parking. Well, we have a visitor, and she is parked. This is a female Mallard nesting in our little hedge next to our door.The whole front office is “caring” for her.

  • 91. Annemarie Busch_TX

    Discovered a cardinal building this nest on my back porch inside a wrought iron decoration. Perhaps the female liked that it was a hat! At any rate, I am delighted with the embellishment. I observed 5 eggs in it. I regret that I did not take a photo that day. I left for a six day vacation; hopeful that the inactivity by the back door would keep her there. Sadly, upon my return, the nest had been abandoned…and all the eggs were gone.

  • 90. Jill Reglin_MI

    I suspected European Starlings were building a nest nearby because I kept seeing them on our deck with little twigs in their beaks. Then I saw some twigs scattered around behind our grill. I asked my husband, half jokingly, “Do you think those starlings have built a nest in our grill somewhere?” Imagine my surprise when I lifted the lid and found this!

  • 87. Colleen Retana_IL

    The family and I found this American Robin’s nest while ‘letterboxing’ (similar to geocaching) in Waldheim Cemetery on Mother’s Day. The nest is attached to the side of a headstone which incidentally was fashioned to look like a tree stump. I thought that whoever was buried there would have loved to have known that their headstone was serving as a living memorial!

  • 86. Cheryl Gulish_NJ

    With the over-abundance of rain that we have had this spring, my husband had been unable to take the tractor out in the field. One morning he noticed that while the tractor had idled in our lot, an American Robin had put together a nice nest on the right rear tire. Needless to say, we removed the nest before she had a chance to lay any eggs and she rebuilt in a more appropriate location in a nearby pine at the corner of our barn.

  • 81. Liz Holloway_WI

    I was getting ready to plant flowers this spring, so I took down this hanging basket…and much to my surprise…there was a BIRD’S NEST in it!

  • 80. Elizabeth Jorgensen_WI

    The birds are home birds of a feather do build together sometimes way up high to reach the end of sky sometimes way down low sometimes fast, sometimes slow they fly wide and soar up seeing an acorn cup they swiftly fly down soaring all around swoosh, swoosh, their wings flap they whistle, and they snap next to the heather they look to tether yes, they gather sticks so they can lay chicks in nesting up in a place of security and grace

    They begin to wake another nest to make their nest: cozy, quaint they work hard, without feint straw by stick by grass they build slow and not fast building in the birch providing a place to perch building in the oak protecting like a cloak you’ll find one in there yes, you’ll find one anywhere

    When the clouds begin to rain their work won’t be in vain rainbows will shine through thankful rainy days are few they huddle close as their energy does slow

    Still, mama feeds baby’s beak full when another baby reaches and pulls and quiet falls fast until morning rises past where the stars shine bright past the dark of night

    Mamma looks at pop and they never stop there’s always tomorrow god’s time is to borrow the sun always will rise, ow on the horizon sky

    So next time you hike or maybe take out your bike look up, and always look around because birds and nests are easily found refrain, and please don’t touch please leave them in their homemade hutch.

  • 76. Jennifer Howard_ON, Canada

    This House Wren made its home in this old clock replica. Very unique. She nested here 2 years ago but lost to an American Robin that nested on top of the clock last year. Apparently this is a very busy house.

  • 75. Ed Barry_FL

    THE BIRD THAT THINKS IT’S A DUCK….. This duck-like bird enjoys swimming in a small, fenced-in fresh water pond which is a popular layover here in Port Charlotte, Florida for several species of migrating birds. I found its nest site among the rushes. It was well hidden so a photo could not be made. Its mate could barely be seen and I expect we’ll see some young “ducklings” soon.

  • 73. Gary Hierstetter_MD

    I work at Mt. St. Josephs High school in Baltimore, Maryland, and for the last 4 years or so I’ve been seeing what I thought was a Black- crowned Night-Heron in the mornings around 6 am. This year I have a spotting scope and came to find out it is a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron. I know we are at the northern edge of its migration. Last year I did see 1 offspring. I have not seen the nest, but I know it has to be close. I will try and get pictures and send them if you are interested.

  • 70. Nancy Mone_NY

    Mom and Pop Robin gave birth on or about Mother’s Day in a holly bush in my front yard on Long Island—20 feet away from all the traffic on Old Country Road and 3 feet away from the front door/front window. I only recently heard that American Robins like to nest near people and this has proven true. Mom has been sitting on the nest with wings spread to protect the babies from all the rain for the past 3 days. Before it started raining she would go out, along with Dad, to dig up grubs and bugs to bring back for the newborns. Now Dad is doing the grocery shopping on his own and he is going nuts trying to get enough food for everyone.

  • 69. Ava Shehan_IL

    The other day while walking home from the library I noticed a Mourning Dove nesting in the porch overhang of my neighbor. In Chicago you can hear the doves cooing in the morning and evening. My family has rescued a few doves so every time we see one we wonder if they are part of our family. Perhaps the one in the picture is.

  • 67. John Owens_AZ

    This is a Red-tailed Hawk nest near our home in San Tan Valley, AZ. We found the nest on a walk one day, and have been monitoring it ever since the three chicks were balls of fluff. The cactus is a Saguaro Cactus.

  • 66. Nevada Caparulo_NY

    I put a box on top of our chicken coop for our tame pigeons to nest in and look at what hatched out…chicks!

  • 64-65. Janie Ferguson_NY

    My step-daughter Sherry told me about this nest as well as an Osprey nest, too, just down the road from her house in Addison, NY. This nest was on an electrical pole as you can see in these photos. We headed up there on Saturday, May 7, 2011, for a birthday party, and I just had to bring my camera. These photos were captured at three different times that day. The first two shots were taken as a light rain was falling. The first long shot was as 12:23 PM, and the next at 12:24 PM. Then later in the afternoon the next two shots were taken at 5:03 PM. Then as we were heading home to Cameron Mills, I got these last two, at night fall, at 8:14 PM. No one around this area had ever heard of geese laying their eggs up so high, and wondered if maybe they had occupied another birds nest since the water level is so high on the Canisteo River. Sherry told me about some students that were on the dike pointing up in the air, and as she looked up there was this nest. This is the same day that the canoe races were canceled for the Addison Race Fest because the water level was too high to be safe. I’ve always seen nests of the Canada Geese down on the ground. Can anyone give us some information about this unusual place for this nest? I was pleased that she told me about them, so I could get these shots.

  • 63. Debbie Isaacs_KY

    This bird’s nest was built on the top of one of our home’s downspouts in KY. About 2 weeks ago, we were doing yard work and exclaimed, “Oh, look! A bird’s nest”! We’ve been watching it closely, and low and behold, today we discovered 4 baby birds inside it. Out of fear of disturbing the babies and their mother, we did not approach the nest for a photo. However, we have attached a photo of the mother bird in her newly assembled home. I am always astonished at how our backyard becomes “Wild Kingdom” each spring and summer.

  • 62. Sari Grove_Toronto, Canada

    I have been feeding the Trumpeter Swans at Bluffers Park in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada (on Lake Ontario) This winter I was feeding the Trumpeter Swans who were swimming near Bluffers Park on Lake Ontario…I noticed they were cold & didn’t seem to have anything nice & warm to sit on. When the bay started to freeze, they sat on the ice so I started designing an artificial Trumpeter Swan nest that could be put out for them to sit on, especially in winter. The picture shows my seventh try at a design- this one used 15 rolls of biodegradable sisal (one quarter inch-thick, 50-feet rolls). I used a very simple monkey chain knot(how to videos online are easy to find) and a 43 inch hula hoop to keep it ellipse shaped. The sisal tears easily, especially near to water, so snagging is not a problem. Sisal is the straw leaves of the agave plant which contains magnesium-which is excellent for offsetting mercury in water-should the nest go into the water.
    This winter, I tried my different prototypes by putting wild bird seed on them, and seeing if anyone decided to sit down. What I discovered was that the sisal was immediately recognized as a nest, but I needed at least a 43 inch diameter nest to get a Trumpeter swan to sit down. My first nest got a pair of ducks, my second which was bigger, got two geese, later on an even bigger one attracted some Mute Swans. Nests 4 and 5 I left out to see how humans would react Parks & Recreation workers threw out 4 and 5. Then I started trying to get permissions from government agencies (so the artificial nests wouldn’t get thrown out). Number 6 tested as the correct size for a Trumpeter, but it had loopy loops at the edge which someone said were a tripping hazard. So this is number 7! I am still waiting to get proper permissions so the nest gets to stay put-when I figure that out, I hope to make more.
    Please copy the idea if you want to try to make an artificial nest for a bird or waterbird- the nest can also go into the crotch of a tree- you can put straw inside too- & wild bird seed as an initial attractant. Here is a video of some of the Trumpeters at Bluffers park eating wild bird seed during the winter
    Here is another video of the Trumpeters at Bluffers Park eating wild bird seed & sitting on the ice and snow Here is a video of the Trumpeters at Bluffers Park eating wild bird seed and sitting on the ice and snow

  • 61. Dan Fulton_AL

    Found while trimming shrub by front steps. Notice depth of nest–very substantial. Mockingbird partner flies by and flutters wings if I linger on steps. I am reminded as I observe: They also serve who only sit and wait.

  • 57. Lynda Blair_VA

    I had heard about a Monk Parakeet colony in Newport News, Virginia and traveled down there in hopes of seeing these beautiful birds. When we arrived at the residential address where the birds were supposed to be located, I looked all around and didn’t see any pretty green birds anywhere. Frustrated, I finally saw a man in his front yard and asked where we could find the parakeets. He gave me a very strange look and pointed up over his head. There, up high on a power pole built around a huge transformer, was a giant nest.. It was alive with activity. Bright green and blue squawking birds were flying in and out of various openings of the nest with sticks. Needless to say, I felt like a fool that I had missed such an immense structure. I spent an hour photographing the comings and goings of these wonderful birds. These Monk Parakeets were certainly urban birds in a bustling neighborhood. School buses going by, people mowing their lawns, kids playing ball. It was wonderful to see.

  • 56. Robyn Carnill_MI

    What a brave little bird it was that build this nest on the back of a dump truck!!! I had just made the morning rounds dropping my two daughters off at school, and was in a long line up of cars, waiting to turn right, on my way home… All I could think of was that I do hope the truck returns back to the same spot every day so that the mother bird can keep her eggs warm enough!

  • 55. Cheri Burcham_IL

    Took this picture of an American Robin’s nest constructed on my neighbor’s swimming pool ladder in Sullivan, Illinois on May 6, 2011. Good for the robins that it has been too cold to swim!

  • 54. Allison Fluty_CA

    This Anna’s Hummingbird nest is perched on one of my mom’s wind-chimes on our back porch about a foot from a bedroom window and just a few feet directly above our outdoor cat’s napping area! That is a very brave bird – our cat is a seasoned hunter!

  • 52. Samantha Michael_NC

    In our dog’s old dog house, here in the small town of Columbus, I discovered a Carolina Wren family! They were so deep down in a crevice that I had to zoom in like crazy & use the flash in order to get this shot! Photographing birds is one of my passions & this was the first time I had gotten a shot of babies in their nest. Needless to say, I was very excited.

  • 51. Dona Crifasi_NC

    I do not know what kind of bird this is, but at the end of January we lifted the propane tank to see the level and found a nest at the top! About two weeks later, eggs! And now they have hatched!!

  • 50. Rhonda Stepp_MI

    There’s a pond near our home in Marshall, Michigan, one day we were out and noticed that this goose had made her nest on the top of a muskrat house and thought it was kind of cute so we stopped and took her picture. As we moved backwards and forward her head would move with us.

  • 49. Dave Russell_MD

    This pair of Canada Goose are stumped! While walking at Devils Backbone Park along Antietam Creek in Washington County, Maryland I found a female goose sitting on a nest inside a stump from a tree cut down this spring. The male was standing guard nearby. They seemed pretty used to people and should be since there is a playground 20 yards away. Unfortunately the nest probably got washed away as flooding rains have come over the last few days but at least I’m sure the stump remains!

  • 48. Rosemary Atwell_TN

    The little Mourning Dove fledglings are about ready to fly! We have greatly enjoyed watching them hatch, being taken care of by their vigilant parents and can’t believe how fast they grow. It will be nice though to be able to use our front door again!

  • 46-47. Nyron Gristwood_Battersea, UK

    Here are two photos of a pigeon nest and two eggs in a Mountain Bike box that has been torn open by a Grey Squirrel on an apartment balcony in Battersea, West London, UK. The wires are actually from my old satellite connection and are completely safe. I am concerned that the Grey Squirrels will eat the eggs, but there is little I can do about that, the squirrels last year came into my flat and ate some bread I had baked!!! Here in central London we are also plagued by ‘urban foxes’ they are everywhere. They are nice to look at, but they cause problems by tearing open garbage sacks. The Grey Squirrels are largely regarded as a nuisance.

  • 42. Project Wildlife_CA

    This submission comes from Project Wildlife, a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation organization in San Diego, CA. We received the nest in the attached image from a concerned citizen who found a hummingbird nest had been constructed on her wind chime!

  • 41. Nevada Caparulo_NY

    Fox nest in the rocks. We sat and watched as one by one they all came out to look at us. The den is not too far from our home and we sure enjoy watching them.

  • 40. Marnie Layok-Welch, NC

    I actually saw it being built last year by a Carolina Wren but it was not used. Then about two months ago the wren began adding to the nest. I observed it coming in with bits of grass and pieces of plastic bags. Then two weeks ago I began watching the wren bring in hair and soft fibers such as string. When I observed that, I had a feeling the nest was going to be used. Then sometime between 4/8 & 4/9 5 eggs were laid. I was very concerned that the wren would abandon the nest because it is feet away from the door we use to enter the house and by our laundry room door. The first day the wren left the nest every time we came in and out of the house. But the next day the wren remained and has every day since. We can go in and out of the house and laundry room and as long as we aren’t too loud or get too close it remains! I can’t wait for the babies!

  • 39. Stephanie Smith, TX

    My Carolina Wren fledged two of six eggs. This is remarkable considering where she built her nest — in my metal mailbox. Some boys had hit it with a sledge hammer earlier in the year, leaving an opening that must have looked just perfect to the wren. When she built the nest, I removed it a couple of times because it was in such a high traffic area. She persisted and laid eggs in it the third time. I was concerned because it was 105 outside during part of the nesting season, but the babies made it. While the mail carrier and I were very careful not to harm the nest, we did have to keep using the box. I did my monitoring when I got the mail each day. The babies soon got used to that. The mom left the box when we tapped on the side, so she was safe, too. Then one day, the babies were gone, a screen of leaves draped over the nest, and the mailbox empty again.

  • 38. Beth Howell_SC

    This nest was built in an empty Christmas box planter with a bow placed on top of the box. This planter was among many vases and even an ornamental tree on the top of some shelves in my garage. I had closed the garage door and heard a Carolina Wren tweeting away in the garage. I went to the windowed door and saw the mama bird fly from the Christmas planter to the top of the curtain rod over a window and then disappear. I went out, reopened the garage door and went outside to look at the window. It was open about 3-4 inches at the top and the adults were coming and going from there at their leisure! Not wanting to disturb what might be in the box, I lifted up my camera and angled it down into the box and took a picture. Imagine my surprise to see little beaks in there! Two days later, the mama and daddy got the chicks out of there, but I got lots of pictures of the chicks on the ornamental tree, the shelves, and the car as they made their way outa the “house” and into the world!

  • 37. Carl Anglesea_FL

    Carolina Wrens build nests at our farm every year. Prior year’s sites have included: a plastic box on shelf in garage, a shelf on interior wall of barn, and a hay net in horse trailer under run-in shed. This year’s site is in a terracotta horse head shaped wall planter on the wall of my screened porch. I am amazed at how comfortable these birds are with living in a human modified environment and how quickly they build their nests.

  • 35. Janie Ferguson_NY

    My friend Autumn took me on a long walk today so she could show me this Bald Eagle in a nest in the top of a tree. They had seen it from Route 86 in Bath, NY, and we saw it from an overlook this evening.

  • 34. Anna Barbetti, TX

    My husband and son-in-law like to shoot a pellet gun at targets (empty cans etc) in the backyard. For my husband’s birthday my son-in-law bought him a mechanical target and the empty box was left on the back table. To my surprise, when I got to cleaning up, a bird flew out of the box and inside was a nest with 5 eggs! We have had so much fun watching the mother come back and forth to keep her eggs warm and she doesn’t mind having us around. They hatched a few days ago and all are doing well.

  • 32. Paula Tatum_MO

    I was so thrilled when wrens built their home in my clothes pin bag. Thought others might enjoy it as well.

  • 30. Scott Wright_OH

    This photo was sent by Deborah Mathies, Raptors in the City program Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY, who sends out the FalconFlash enewsletter that reports on the progress of the nesting Peregrine Falcons in Clevelend Ohio. “Look what these workmen found on the 12th floor ledge of a skyscraper in Cleveland, Ohio – it’s the nest of a peregrine falcon family – fastest creatures on earth. This nestbox was built by the Director of Wildlife Resources of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. It is monitored and maintained by the Ohio Division of Wildlife. The museum sponsors a live “FalconCam” which you can watch at: http://www.falconcam-cmnh.org/news.php Throughout their natural history, peregrine falcons nested on high, remote cliff ledges, but as humans began to build skyscrapers in the 20th century, peregrines adapted to the cliff-like buildings and found cities to their liking. A traditional nest site or “eyrie” (also spelled “aerie”) really is not a nest but a shallow depression, or “scrape,” in the rocks and soil. When peregrines first moved to cities they would lay their eggs on a skyscraper ledge and the eggs would often roll off the building. Humans have helped nesting peregrines in cities by building nest boxes to avoid this problem. Peregrine parents scrape an indentation in the nest box gravel just as they would on a rocky cliff in the wild. This nest box in Cleveland has been in constant use since it was built in 1991. Peregrine falcons return to their favorite nesting areas every year. Pairs of peregrines have nested on Lundy Island, England since 1243. By the 1970’s, the species Peregrine Falcon was nearly extinct in North America due to the use of DDT, a pesticide that caused females to produce eggs with thin eggshells that would break under the weight of the adults during incubation. DDT was banned in 1972, and the saving and restoration of this endangered species is a great success story.

  • 29. Kimberley Bochard_GA

    While this poor nest was on the ground after a storm (I put the eggs back in) and looks rather normal, I am a doll maker and the white fuzzy stuff is polyfill used for stuffing the dolls! I also see some of my dog’s hair from a trim outside in there, and some blue yarn scraps I tossed into the garden. The birds are so resourceful!

  • 27. Maureen Getman_NY

    Having taken up residence at Mud Lock near Montezuma Wildlife Refuge with her mate, this female eagle was stung by the rumor that she and her mate had taken over an osprey nest and that the prior tenants had been kicked out. Today she proved that she knows how to feather a nest quite nicely as she arrives back to the nest with building material. Sometimes they use their talons to break off branches off trees — but here she is just adding some finishing touches to her living room. She has confided in me (in her gaze) that whoever feathers the nest rules the roost — notwithstanding that the male knows how to strike a pose for the camera.

  • 26. Ross Getman_NY

    The Bald Eagles nest on top of a tower at Mud Lock on River Road near Montezuma Wildlife Refuge. It is not clear whether they have had babies although others have observed what might be feeding activity. (The nest is deep). Today there was a time when both were out of the nest for 20 minutes — experts could not say whether that is indication there are babies. They may not be the same pair as last year or it may just be a different female — this year they each have a blue band, one has one on the left, the other has one on the right. I am advised that last year, the nesting couple did not have offspring. This nest is rumored to have been first built by osprey and then taken over by the eagles. Today when I took a photo of this pair of eagles, osprey had taken up residence in a transmission tower on the access road that I had staked out last week. It is the first one down from the place that sells lawn mowers. The osprey were much less comfortable with being observed and would leave the nest. But I highly recommend parking a little down the road and then making a quiet approach. The snakes are also photogenic so you can’t lose.

  • 19. Jessica Womack_TX

    While I was filling my car up with gas, I heard the House Sparrows “singing” along to the funky music coming from the speakers. The female looked very proud of her funky nest.

  • 18. Ofelia Michl_IN

    A mommy American Robin insisted on making a nest on our front porch gargoyle, we had actually taken down the first nest, but when she came back with straw in her beak, it broke my heart. So as you can see, she did rebuild, and had 3 little chicks! The baby chicks grew up and flew away, we saved the nest to share with friends and family!

  • 17. Tracy Valdez_TX

    We were visiting this park for the first time and exploring the lookout area at the top end of the canyon. These newly hatched Barn Swallow nestlings were so loud and we listened to them calling to their mama for a long time. She finally returned with breakfast for the little ones. Her choice of locations for her nest – coincidental, or was she trying to prove a point that nature will not be “controlled” by man’s inventions?

  • 15. Delores Metcalf_AZ

    Last spring a pair of Verdins began constructing a nest in my Eve’s Needle cactus, I read on the internet that Verdins will construct more than one nest to confuse predators – last year’s nest was never completed, but this spring they returned and started building again, This time they completed the nest. I watched the Verdins from my kitchen window as they collected most of the material from a Sage growing in our yard along with twigs from our Mesquite tree. It was fun to watch them building the nest. The male would do most of the gathering and the female would stay in the nest. He would poke a twig into the nest and she would weave it to her liking. The day before this photo was taken you could clearly see the round entrance hole, but as they added the finishing touches they completely hid the entrance which now must be accessed from below. They are still adding nesting material, I see both the male and the female bringing branches from our neighbor’s Torch Bougainvillea to make a soft interior to the nest. I placed my camera below the nest and was able to capture the nest opening. The nest is at eye level, and I don’t know if this is the nest they will lay their eggs in, but I’m still keeping any eye on them as they continue with finishing touches to the interior.

  • 12. Paul McManus_MA

    The nest in the photo was located on the dam at Eagle Lake in Holden, Massachusetts. The nest is situated at the top of the dam’s gate valve structure. (The wheel to turn the valve mechanism fits into the nest “cradle” but is kept locked nearby.) The birds were lucky that no one needed to turn the valves!

  • 11. William Senter

    Four tom turkeys entertain me in the morning while I eat breakfast.

  • 10. Dan Leader_TX

    This nest is a hummingbird nest in a bottle brush tree in my backyard. I noticed it last year when my wife wanted me to remove the “spider” nest from our tree. I poked my head into the tree to get a better look and a hummingbird came flying out and kept buzzing my head until I left (which was very quickly). The hummingbird was a very pretty green with a violet throat. We have a hummingbird feeder hanging very nearby (about 2 feet from the nest). It struck me as odd that the bird would steal the contents of my lounge chair rather than go find suitable nest material as we border a forest. But I guess you have to give them credit for creativity. I haven’t seen them yet this year but the feeder is hanging in its usual place waiting for them when they are ready.

  • 7. Janice Ellis_WV

    Found at the log cabin in Lost River State Park, West Virginia in the summer of 2009. This is a photo of a bird nest with five eggs balanced on a mop kept outside the kitchen door.

  • 6. Amanda Dolinkski, IL

    This is a photo of a hummingbird that decided to build her nest in some Christmas lights hung from my friend’s backyard patio in Upland, California. There were two babies in the nest at the time the photo was taken. And I don’t know how she did it but she managed to poop horizontally and spray the ceiling border of the patio adjacent to the nest.

  • 4. Diana Dick_PA

    My husband and I planned on taking advantage of a warm spring day by grilling on our deck. When he went out to fire up the grill, he found this nest!

  • 3. Carl DiBello_NY

    This photo of Osprey was taken in Auburn, NY, at the quarry. I called the Department of Environmental Conservation after I found them. They thanked me and said they had not known about it.

  • 2. Margaret Cherre_NY

    I saw the nest in a tree at the edge of a field near my house – no real address. I was walking my dog through the field when I spotted something blue in a tree some distance away. I crossed the field to see what the blue was, and found this nest. An industrious and creative bird used part of a plastic bag in making this nest, which was already empty by the time I found it. So although the nest was in a ‘normal’ place, it was made of funky materials.

  • Peter Colen, NY

    As of late, I have been working on documenting the latest drama in Prospect Park; the story of the “miracle” Canada Goose goslings who hatched from oiled eggs on May 7, 2011.

    Photo of three goslings
    photo © Peter Colen
    The eggs had been oiled to stop them from hatching. The park said they will now leave the geese alone, but a contract has been finalized with USDA to cull the geese of Prospect Park and in other areas around NYC again. We do not know what to expect. The eggs were marked with an X to show they had been oiled. Out of the 6 oiled eggs came 6 goslings. By the time I got to the pond 2 days after the hatching, only 4 goslings remained alive. A week then passed and one more of the goslings went missing. It was been my belief that the 3 missing goslings were probably grabbed by predators. Prospect Park is the home of ground, water and air predators.

    Besides this family of 5 geese, only 13 mature geese are left in the park after hundreds were gassed last year in Prospect Park alone.

    Photo of geese in Prospect Park.
    photo © Peter Colen
    Out of the 6 goslings 3 are alive and well. The parents run them over logs and through deep leaves. It looks like Basic Training to me. These Brooklyn goslings are amazing beautiful creatures that are quite self-sufficient. Their parents don’t feed them in a nest, but offer guidance and protection.

    Photo of a couple of geese in a lake.
    photo © Peter Colen
    They have quadrupled in size in 4 weeks. They run, eat, sleep, and get up to run and eat more. The Gander will stare you down when you are near the goslings and he will stand in front of them until he feels comfortable. Mother Goose usually is behind but also will look you right in the eye.

    They hiss (warn) and attack when dogs get too close. They are spectacular parents.

    Photo of an adult goose
    photo © Peter Colen

    Here is a modern world tragedy: A devaluation of wildlife. In 2009 the USDA culled approximately 4 million birds in the United States. There must be a better way. Prospect Park is a 585 acre green area with a lake and ponds. The local folks and newspapers are saying 18 geese are living in the park as of this writing. I think we are short a few geese.

  • Mia Leo, NY

  • Rose Fields, IL

    My best friend called me from their campsite 100 miles from home to tell me that they had discovered a nest in the undercarriage of the fifth wheel hitch of their camper when they arrived at the campground. She wanted information on what to feed the baby birds. She thought they were House Sparrows.

    photo of a Carolina Wren
    Carolina Wren
    photo © Rose Fields

    I gave her the formula that I got from the book “Care of the Wild Feathered & furred” by Mae Hickman & Maxine Guy. After the week of their vacation was up she arranged to meet me to give me the baby birds to finish raising them. I took one look at them and realized they were not sparrows they were baby Carolina Wrens.

    Photo of Rose Fields holding a Carolina Wren
    Rose Fields holding a baby Carolina Wren
    photo © Rose Fields

    I continued with their care and gradually prepared to release them. The three baby wrens stayed around my yard the rest of the year. Every year since I always seem to have at least one Carolina Wren in my yard during the winter. I would like to believe it may be one of “my” Carolina Wrens or their young.

    Photo of a carolina Wren
    A Carolina Wren in rehabilitation
    photo © Rose Fields

    I also realize that a permit is needed to rehabilitate wild birds but since I 
had been told they were just House Sparrows I didn’t look into getting a permit as the birds would have been released before I went through all the red tape to get a permit.

  • Clifford Rumpf, Little Falls, NJ

    “Robin Feeding Young Outside My Window”

    The attached video “Robin Feeding Young Outside My Window” shows an
    unusual view captured at my home, through my living room window. One
    morning I noticed that I had a bird’s nest located directly outside my
    window. Then within a couple of day I saw young moving inside the nest. I
    then decided to capture the moments as they unfolded. The video took place
    one rainy morning out of the ten days that I was watching them. As you
    will see in the video, the male American Robin seems to noticed me in the window, just before he feeds his young a live moth. It was an experience that I will never forget. Enjoy!

  • Tyler Bell, MD

    This House Finch was nesting in a bathroom fan on the campus of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, Maryland.

  • Hayley DiMarcantonio

    Actually, I have not seen this nest, but since I knew that wrens tend to nest in weird places, I drew this. But, I do see them around our neighborhood. I love birds so very much, and there are so many unique and interesting things about birds. We get Carolina Wrens in our neighborhood, and I think they are funny! Recently, I saw a Carolina Wren with no tail feathers! It was very odd. But I know its tail feathers are coming back, because I keep seeing a Carolina Wren with a stubby tail that keeps getting longer =) I have not seen many bird nests so far, because I am twelve and have only been truly interested in birds for a year or so! So I used pastels to draw a Carolina Wren making a nest. This entry is for my stubby-tailed friend!

  • 8. Nancy Frank, WI

    This is a nest built by an over-industrious Barn Swallow last season. She perched her nest atop the electrical box, and raised four chicks out in fine style. A nest fit for a small queen.

  • Laura Herzog, TX

    My family has a small weekend place in East Texas, on Toledo Bend, near Patroon. This old pink flamingo came with the place and has seen better days, but is friendly and charming. Upon one visit , I noticed a very busy yellow bird (Prothonotary Warbler) flying around the flamingo, and I then observed the nest inside and was tickled, um… pink! I just had to stake it out with my camera, and after about an hour sitting very still and many attempts, I finally got this cute picture! My brother, Jeff Groth, asked me to submit this photo (which I took in 2006). Jeff is with the Department of Ornithology and Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics/American Museum of Natural History.

  • 13. Jon Ridler, CA

    This hummingbird nest was photographed by Jon Ridler at Mirant Powerplant in Pittsburg, Ca. It is on a boiler feed return pipe, probably a slightly warm nest location! The plant wrapped the area in caution tape last year, and again this year. Both babies fledged.

  • 14. Tamara Kurey, Iraq

    Here are some photos I took in June 2009 while I was stationed in Baghdad, Iraq. I found out from the Audubon Society that these are White-eared Bulbuls. The mama bird made her nest in a coil of excess internet cable that was hanging just outside my living quarters (trailer). I watched the nest until the babies were no longer there. Unfortunately, I don’t think they fledged on their own. I’m pretty sure someone from Animal Control thought they were pests and got rid of them. I only think this because the parents were hanging around and acting frantically after the little ones were no longer there. Sad.

  • 16. Steve Robbins, MO

    Took the photo March 12, 2011 in St. Charles, Missouri at the historic train depot. The bird’s nest on the light fixture seemed incongruent to the many available trees in the area as reflected in the window.

  • Ed Barry, FL

    I was lucky to find a Great Horned Owl and its fledgling living in a vacated eagle’s nest. Our neighbor who lives near the nest saw the adult owl chase away the returning Bald Eagles. The owlet has tripled in size in just two weeks after the last photo. He’s flapping his wings and bouncing around in the huge eagle’s nest high up in the pine tree.

  • Janie L. Ferguson, NY

    Although this isn’t a nest, it is a nest house. Last year there were Eastern Bluebirds in it. I was curious as I sat in my living room and saw these House Sparrows on the bird house. I got my camera to take a closer look and sure enough they were doing some kind of routine over and over again. At first I thought they were fighting over who was going to nest here, and that may have been the case with other sparrows besides this couple to begin with. Then I realized it was a male and a female House Sparrow. The female would cling to the outside of the bird house, and then go in, and stick her head out as the male stood on top of the house. Then the female would come out and get on a nearby branch and the male would go in, and then stick his head out. They didn’t having any nesting material when they were going in at all, so it didn’t seem to be that they were building a nest. It might have been some kind of courting ritual, what do you think? I sure enjoyed getting these. I hope you enjoy them!

  • Bob Spiwak, WA

    Taken on a wooden moose head attached to wall of my golf club repair shop. The various plaques are course bag tags. There is a pitched fiberglass roof over the porch that affords muted sunlight during the hot summer days.

  • Grace Getman, NY

    My Dad and Mom and I found this bird’s nest on the back of an abandoned building. It was under the eaves and near water. It was on Route 89 and part of the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge in Upstate New York. We don’t know what kind of nest it is. My parents and I will check this nest and the Bald Eagle’s nest we found later.

  • Peggy Siegert, LA

    Five years ago we saw a few Black-bellied Whistling Ducks on our pond a couple of times so we bought Wood Duck nest boxes for them. We placed two nest boxes across the pond from our house, where we could still see them but they’d be a little removed from civilization. Four years went by, didn’t see the black bellies again. Nest boxes remained across the pond, unused. Last summer hordes of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks arrived and stayed. We fed them corn twice a day. They were not timid nor afraid of us. So … we moved the nest boxes to our back yard, down near the pond, and enlarged the hole to better accommodate black bellies. We were eager to watch Black-Bellied ducklings. And it worked ! Checked inside today … 5 blue eggs What was that again about a 1 1/2″ opening? (Photo by Sunday Mitchell)

  • Emma Jackson

    On the shelf of our outdoor shower, walked past every day.

  • 43. Project Wildlife_CA

    This funky nest was built by hummingbirds on a Halloween spider decoration!

  • Michelle Wellard, PA

    This Canada Goose nest is found on Venice Island, on the Manayunk Canal off the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, PA. It’s a very urban area. I am a wildlife rehabilitator and was trying to help an injured member of this Canada Goose flock when I found this nest, belonging to another flock member and her ‘husband’, who stood guard nearby. The nest is next to a canal in an urban area of Philadelphia, near abandoned and active factories. I found it a very important reminder that nature still exists even in very urban areas. The juxtaposition of the Canada Goose nest next to a piece of rusting, rotting, ancient, industrial equipment makes a very poignant picture of the power of nature to adapt to human civilization, and the fact that despite human progress, the force of nature is still with us..

  • Joshua Schermerhorn, NY

    I knew there could be a nest in a tree when I saw a female (mom) sparrow fly out of the tree near my front door. I opened a few branches and saw the 4 eggs. I showed it to my parents and started to take pictures. I only saw the male bird like 4 times and that was it.

  • FN11_59-60. Dee DeJong_FL

    Osprey nest in the 10,000 Islands NWR just south of Everglades City, Florida

  • Laura Bennett, NY

    Thought that you would enjoy this. My daughter and her fiancé discovered this nest in an engine at Trout’s Salvage Yard in Waterloo, NY, in the engine of a Ford truck.

  • Mary Singleton, PA

    We visited my sister in Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania last week. Her husband spotted this nest on the side of their neighbor’s house. It is a duck sitting on her down nest under a shrub.

  • Arden Zich, WI

    My husband and I were on vacation in Wisconsin. We were on our way to a nature preserve when my husband stopped the car all of sudden just before some train tracks. He practically yelled, which scared me since I thought there was a problem, but then he pointed to this nest on top of a very large utility pole. I don’t think the picture does the size justice. If I didn’t know better, I’d have thought we had entered some prehistoric vortex and were about to become big-bird food. We were impressed not only by how massive this nest was, but that even totally exposed, it withstood one of the worst storms we’ve ever encountered just the night before. We hope that whoever built this nest will build our next house!

  • Tory Bahe, WI

    I teach environmental education in Milwaukee’s Washington Park, a beautiful 135-acre, Olmsted-designed park. Despite its very urban location, our 11-acre lagoon draws Great Blue Herons, multiple nesting pairs of Wood Ducks, as well as Grebes, Coots, Mergansers and more–a large variety of cool waterbirds for such a small space. We also have the large populations of Mallards and Canada Geese one would expect in an urban park. Though they tend to be ground nesters, we regularly spot both species in trees. Two years ago, my students and I watched as a goose nested in an old weeping willow by the pond. She sat on the nest for just over a month, but we were never able to see if there were eggs or hatchlings in the nest because it was over 20 feet off the ground. I started seeing this goose in a tree cavity the other day. She’s been spending quite a bit of time in this odd perch, and I hope to be able to keep an eye on her brood from this slightly more conspicuous location.

  • Beth Westphal, MN

    This nest itself is not funky, but the location certainly is. A mother sparrow built her nest in a hanging birdhouse/basket that was put up in our yard years ago. No bird had ever used it before, and with reason. In every single heavy thunderstorm the nest fell down from the hook it was hanging from. This sparrow, however, felt that it would make a good place to build a nest and lay five eggs. Another bird apparently thought it would be a good spot for her egg, as you can see in the picture. That was the first and so far only Brown-headed Cowbird egg I have seen. As soon as the mother bird leaves the nest, I am planning to use a string to secure the nest to the hook so that it does not fall down in the next storm.

  • Sara Cole, MI

    I was taking my dog for a walk when I first saw the mother European Starling sitting on a telephone pole. Her beak was full of worms, and she must have been on her way back to her nest. My eyes wandered from the pole to the light, which wasn’t working — it even had a hole, big enough for a bird! Not a moment later, the mother bird flew into the hole and her nestlings ‘whirred’ for food. I felt so lucky to be able to catch her at that moment. What a great example of the starling’s ability to adapt to urban life. I waited and took a picture of her entering the next time she returned.

  • Rudy Siegert, LA

    Doves on a Hoe, Three Years in a Row! YES !!! Our ‘Garden Hoe Nesting Mourning Doves’ have an undying sense of site loyalty! Smart doves – Lucky us!! The location couldn’t be better suited for both the doves and for us, the observers. The doves have a roof over their heads and open passage on three sides. We can see them from less than 10 feet away from our laundry room. In March ’11 the doves returned to the very same garden hoe in our potting shed that they’ve used for the past 2 years. The nest was built, two eggs were laid. But well into the incubation period an unidentified day-time marauder pillaged the nest, scattering the eggs on the ground in our potting shed. The doves disappeared. To our total surprise, soon they began building a second nest on a different, smaller hoe. That didn’t work out. This second nest building came to a complete halt. Again, the doves disappeared. What you see in this picture is the finished product of the dove’s third nesting attempt this season! (Emphasis on site loyalty – consecutive use of the hoe for three years plus three attempts at nesting this season. A record?) Hopefully you can spot the bright eyes of two squabs poking out from under the male’s feathers. The squabs are growing like wild fire. But with this late start, will the doves be able to raise 4 clutches as they did last year? Mourning Doves, while not expert nest builders, do exhibit wonderful parental care. The male stood in the nest just enough to allow air circulation when the squabs were tiny, now he positions himself to stand aside to shade his growing brood. Feeding sessions are beyond description … lots of heavy heaving to get pigeon milk into two equally hungry squabs. With this three year connection the doves have probably learned as much about us as we about them. They seem content with the arrangement – so are we! (written late May, 2011)

  • Casey Krogstad, WI

    While visiting my folks in Rice Lake, Wisconsin this weekend they showed me their “other guest” in the lean-to in their backyard. As you can see, the American Robins have made themselves right at home, on the back fender of an old bicycle hung up in the lean-to! 🙂

  • Fran Pope, MD

    Early Bird Gets the Skull! Visiting a birding friend in the farm country south of Mt. Lake Park, MD, on March 18, 2011, I focused my binoculars on the old skull hanging on the shed where American Robins have nested for many years. My friend was surprised when I told her a Mourning Dove was sitting on a nest on the skull as she hadn’t seen them nest there before. We wondered if this was a “time share” situation, since by earliest egg dates, doves nest earlier in MD than robins. Mourning Doves are also known to build their nests on top of other birds’ nests and remains of old robin nests can be seen to the lower right of the dove’s nest. Male doves reportedly incubate from midmorning until late afternoon; this photo was taken just before noon so it’s likely this is the male dove during his “shift”. This nest was successful and on April 4, 2011, two young were first seen in the nest. After they’d fledged, a dove was again seen sitting on the nest April 27, 2011, possibly incubating another clutch of eggs. To date this year, robins have not used the skull as a nesting platform.

  • Lotts of Nature, OH

    While walking through a native grassland on the campus of a corporate headquarters along the banks of the Maumee River and Swan Creek in downtown Toledo, Ohio, we found this American Robin’s nest in a strategic location that ensures the babies have warm feet at night because the light below is on all night. The warmth of mom plus warmth provided by man! This is one of our favorite locations to do our Celebrate Urban Bird observation because it provides an opportunity to see songbirds and water fowl too.

  • 83. Nancy Jorgensen_WI

    Throughout my years of living in Wisconsin (over 27 years), my husband and I have found several weird, out-of-place things on our property. Each time, we take a picture. Thankfully, we have saved all of them! I’m sending you the pictures we’ve collected throughout the years.

  • Sue Rouda, PA

    Photo taken on Broadway & 110th St in NYC on a Rite Aid sign

  • Leighton Burcham, IL

    I saw this nest on the tire of a Toyota RAV4 being displayed at a car dealership in Mattoon, Illinois. Makes you wonder how long the car has been there, although American Robins can work very fast. Leighton, age 10

  • Diane Pleines, NC


    I spotted this Carolina Wren nest in March 2011. It sits on top of a squeegee I store on my back porch. (I use the squeegee to clean the kitchen windows because I often photograph birds at my porch feeders from inside the kitchen!) Leaning up against the squeegee is a rolled up area rug. This is a sunny spot in late afternoons that my cat enjoys. There are at least 3 busy bird feeders hanging no more than 10′ away. It is also just inches away from the house door to the back porch! As soon as I discovered the nest, the poor cat was banished from the back porch for almost two months. I became confined to a wheelchair several years ago and only recently became interested in watching birds. It saddened me to think I would not be able to join bird groups on nature walks and would likely never get to see a nest up close. The architect of this nest chose a totally accessible spot that brought me tremendous enjoyment! Five eggs appeared and four hatched. I watched and photographed both male and female bring food to the four hungry mouths. I learned to recognize the wrens’ calls. I feared for the safety of this wren family when there was an outbreak of tornadoes in the area last month but all were safe the next morning. Then one day I happened to hear a different wren call and watched an adult make short hops from the nest to a nearby chaise, then up to the porch railing, then down the railing until it flew onto the closest tree branch. And then I saw it! The last of the hatched wrens leaving the nest and following the lead of the adult wren, it made short hops as it had been shown. I saw it on the chaise, hopping up to the railing, hopping around a rail post further down the porch and then all the way to the ground below. It stayed on the ground and was steered to a spot on my backyard fence where the adult wren was sitting, still making encouraging sounds. The last I saw of the young wren, it hopped through the fencing into the woods beyond my property! It was a couple of weeks of waiting and watching for their return (even though I could hear them at the end of my property on the far side of the fence) when one day I was in the kitchen and two small wrens perched on the screen section of my back door! I have since hung a suet feeder on the porch and as many as four wrens have appeared at one time – all vying for the peanut butter suet!

  • John Carr, FL

    Quick history: We had left the garage door up one afternoon. The wren had almost completed the nest when we found it. To accommodate the industry, we left the door up about a foot or so during the day. At night we waited until she was on the nest and then closed the door till first light. Worked very well. Three eggs hatched, fledged, and left in amazingly quick order. The nest was in a basket with a baseball cap in it on top of a bookcase. We enjoyed being the doorkeeper for the family.

  • Catchy Gottsch, MO

    This most funky nest was discovered when I was thinking about working in the backyard! So much for that! I’d rather have the birds than the plants, so it’s all good. As of this date, there is one chick out of three eggs. No sign of the other eggs, but considering the nest is about 24″ off the ground we’re lucky to have one. The three dogs are miffed because they can’t go in the backyard anymore (there’s also a rabbit’s nest in the middle of the yard, so ‘forget it dogs, it’s walks for you!’) We once had a starling in the BBQ grill but this one is the funkiest yet!

  • 77-79. Jennifer Howard_ON, Canada

    The next day they brought the babes down with no ill effects. I watched this pair for the whole month and caught the last 2 goslings emerge into life from their precious egg. It was amazing,very moving and oh my what wonderful parents. They got to know me as I watched over them and spoke ever so softly to momma goose on the nest. And on day 5 I went to see how the family was doing. Momma goose recognized me when I spoke to her and both parents brought the goslings within 3 feet of me at the water’s edge to see their new beautiful family. I was truly blessed.

  • Noel Cutright, OH

    The brick house was built in 1969 and this is the only time an Eastern Phoebe has attempted to build on the bricks above the kitchen window on the front porch.