Over the past few weeks, I have been out searching for one of natures most amazing finds… bird nests!
Different species make different nests and they come in all shapes and sizes. They also lay different eggs which can be a range of colours and patterns, from deep blue Song thrush eggs to speckled brown Wren eggs!
Everywhere I go, I find myself peeping into bushes and hedgerows and scanning the tops of trees! I have been fairly successful at spotting nests, here are some of my recent finds:
DUNNOCK NEST: this was the first nest I found this year, it was deep inside a dense hedgerow just metres from my house! Dunnock’s lay lovely luminous blue eggs in a neat cupped nest, built soley by the female.
ROBIN NEST: robins nest in lots of unusual places and often very close to people. I spotted this one in the roof of my front porch! These beautiful birds have two broods a year, but three is not uncommon!
LONG TAILED TIT NEST: one of the most unique and delicately constructed nests, long tailed tits nests are just a work of art! I spotted this one on the bottom fence line of the woodland next to my house.
CHAFFINCH NEST: chaffinches build their compact cup-shaped nests in the forks of trees or hedges, and once complete, they will have one brood of around 4-5 eggs, which will be incubated for 11-13 days by the female.
The nesting season is the perfect time to get outside and search for nests, look high, low and in a range of different habitats!