Nest Observation

When Natural History continues deep into the winter, a nest observation is a good exercise.  My students read selections from John James Audubon's Birds of North America (available for free here; note the wonderful description of the wood thrush!).  I collected a dozen different nests and we tried to identify them using Audubon's descriptions.  This was great for helping us dig deep into his text, as well as for training powers of observation.  And--it really is amazing how different nests can be, and that birds can make nests at all. 

Robin's nest at top--mud being the dead giveaway.  The lower one I can't identify . . .  any guesses?



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