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Black-throated Blue Warbler Nests

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It’s the lucky individual who happens upon a Black-throated Blue Warbler’s nest while it is in use, for these birds tend to build their nest directly under leaves which keep the nest very well hidden. Now that many of the leaves have fallen off shrubs and saplings, where Black-throated Blue Warblers typically build their nests, they (nests) are especially noticeable, being at eye level or below.

The female warbler builds the nest, using a variety of material including white and yellow birch bark for the outer layer (glued together with spider silk and saliva), shredded bark fibers for the inner wall and fine black rootlets, pine needles, bits of moss and strands of mammal hair (horse, skunk, human, moose, porcupine and deer) for the lining. This combination of material makes their nest very distinctive and relatively easy to identify.

 

 

5 responses

  1. Alice Pratt

    Bird nests are so totally amazing…how different they all are and how clever….I’ve loved, during wintery walks in the woods, seeing them, with little plops of snow ontop….just walking in our street & looking at the now mostly bare trees….there’s a nest! Several years ago, at a wildlife area,,there was a large nest, at less than eye height, crammed full of red berries…wonder who made that & then something used the nest for storage.

    November 27, 2017 at 4:25 pm

  2. nangalland

    Mary. This post was especially moving to me. Kind of like how your daughter might make a new nest: selectively, intentionally, and with global understanding of what it takes to nurture the survival of her species. Tender. Thanks. You’re the best. – Nancy

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    November 27, 2017 at 7:21 pm

  3. Robert Brooks

    Hi Mary I have two beautiful wasp nests over my door and under a heat pump cover. I would like to save them. Is anyone hibernating in them now? or can I take them down. I think they were yellow jackets. Very peaceful

    Thanks

    Bob Brooks

    Sent from my iPhone

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    November 28, 2017 at 9:02 am

    • Your question is timely (tomorrow’s post is on bald-faced hornet nests!). I would have said that here in central Vermont we hadn’t had enough hard frosts to count on an empty nest, but one that was brought to me and appeared resident-free I dissected and it was empty, so perhaps it’s safe. To be absolutely safe, I would wait until we’ve had a run of days that were well below freezing before attempting to remove them.

      November 28, 2017 at 2:19 pm

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