Monday, August 1, 2011
A Surprise: A New Bird Nest In the Garden
While strolling through the woodland area of my garden I came upon a few nice surprises. The first being the cyclamen pictured above. I don't know how it can possibly bloom with the heat and lack of rain but bloom it does. What a lovely sight.
A few steps more and I almost missed the next surprise. Can you see it embedded in the center of this 'Tardiva' hydrangea? It is a very new nest-one that is new to me as well. Let's move in for a closer look.
I don't think this nest was hidden all that well and it is much too low to the ground for the occupants to be safe once they hatch but this is where the momma bird decided to build her nest. Upon looking inside I saw some really neat eggs. Let me first say this is one of the smallest nests I've ever seen (probably only about 2"-3" wide edge to edge) and I was hoping it was a hummingbird nest but alas, no it is not.
The eggs were a soft tan or off white color. You can kind of see the variation in color in the above picture. I found the variations in color most weird. The eggs did not appear to have any speckles on them. While I was snapping pictures the momma bird fluttered by but I did not catch a glance at her. After researching around the web a bit I believe the nest and eggs belong to an American goldfinch. The goldfinch are plentiful here in my garden but this is the first time I've spotted a nest from one....
in the garden....
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