Bare Branch Exposure

The leaves are coming down, which means our nests are exposed!

Before the wind blows it to pieces, this is an American Robins nest. Well, we squirrels don’t really want you humans finding our hiding spots, but we understand you find it interesting to see where we and the birds spent our summer. Hickory and I have been packing extra leaves in our leaf nests for weeks now. We’ve heard there won’t be much snow, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be cold!

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One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

Hey there!

Recognize this late nester?

I’ll check back later!

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We admit this is a tough one–only a dark-feathered back and a broad yellow beak. And maybe you can see a hint of her nest, made of twigs.

This little lady is a common songbird in our part of northern Virginia–an American Robin.

See the similarities?

Fun facts: robin nests are constructed of approximately 350 twigs and pieces of grass, each about 6 inches long. The robin uses mud, collected one beak at a time, to ‘cement’ the nest together, then lines the inside with more grasses.

Want more information? This American Robin page on Learner.org helped us with its good facts.

One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

Hey there! On a recent windy day, a nest blew from a tree- one much shorter than mine. I know it’s the nest of an American Robin, at least that’s what Nutmeg and I remember, so that’s not the mystery today. The mystery is, what is it made of?

Mystery #64

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Have you figured it out? Birds use all kinds of nesting materials.

Inside of Robin's nest

This nest has a base of mud, with mainly grass, but a number of darker, reddish, long needles from the White Pine. Stuck at the bottom is a bit of dryer lint–or some stuffing, we’re not sure–and a branchlet off a Leland Cyprus.

And the long dried pieces sweeping off to the right? Dried leaves from day lilies.