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Wednesday, March 10, 2010
It's nesting time! Mom took this photo of a pair of doves building a nest today. The nest sits on top of an outdoor lamp next to a house. The nest is made of sticks and twigs.
Different birds build different nests. Some birds build their nest on the ground. Some build their nest in holes in trees. Others build their nest on tree branches.
Some birds make their nests out of mud. A lot of birds make nests out of leaves and twigs. Some birds even use my fur in their nest!
Many birds make strong nests. Doves build loose nests. In fact, you have to be very careful not to scare a nesting dove. If the dove flies away too fast, the eggs may fall out of the bottom of the nest!
This mother dove will lay two white eggs in her nest. She will sit on the eggs for 14 or 15 days.
After the babies hatch, they will stay in the nest another 2 weeks. Then the baby birds will learn to fly. The doves will hatch 2 or 3 broods during the season.
Can you find bird nests around your place? We're scouting for more nests in our neighborhood!
If you would like to know more about bird nests, check out this book from your library: Birds, Nests & Eggs by Mel Boring and Whose Nest is This? by Heidi Roemer.