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Archive for March 16, 2010

Welcome to a photographic journey through the fields, woods, and marshes of New England

Here I’ll be sharing some photographs I’ve recently taken as well as some of my favorites from my forthcoming book Naturally Curious. I’ll be updating my blog periodically with new images, new stories, and more glimpses of New England in all seasons.

LAST YEAR’S BALTIMORE ORIOLE NEST

I saw several bedraggled nests on today’s outing. The one that was in the best shape was a Baltimore oriole’s nest. They are practically invisible in the summer, due to surrounding leaves, but because they are built so well, they often last through the winter, when it is easier to spot them. The female builds the nest, usually all by herself, in about a week’s time. Building material includes hair (especially horse hair), twine or string, wool, synthetic fibers, plants fibers (especially from milkweed stems) and grape vine bark. I have usually found pine needles lining the inside. Often they suspend their nest from the tips of the outermost branches of a tree, where squirrels and other predators have a difficult time reaching the eggs and nestlings.