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Each one a work of art: Six photos of birds on nests

“Perhaps nothing speaks to the cleverness and unique behaviors of birds more than the variety of their nests,” wrote Founding Editor Eldon Greij in our August issue. His words inspired us to look for examples of birds’ ingenuity in our online galleries. We found dozens, including the six photos below. We’ll share more in the days ahead.

Eastern Kingbird

Eastern Kingbird by crayne.
Eastern Kingbird by crayne.

See more photos of Eastern Kingbird.

California Gull

California Gull near Osler, about 40 km north of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, by mayhaga.

Black Swift

Black Swift in Box Canyon Falls, Colorado, June 2013, by Julie.

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane in Kensington Metropark, Michigan, April 18, 2015, by Joan Tisdale.

See more photos of Sandhill Crane.

Plain Antvireo

Plain Antvireo in Manu Biosphere Reserve, Peru, by Ian Ausprey.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Herons in northeastern Ohio by Daniel Behm.

See more photos of Great Blue Heron.

Read Eldon Greij’s article about birds’ amazing nests, nest materials, and nest sites.

David Sibley explains how to use nesting behavior to help identify birds.

Just how do birds make the eggs they lay?


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