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Just right for the job: 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 published six photos last week. Today we’re publishing six more. We’ll share additional pictures in the days ahead.

Great Egret

Great Egrets in Winter Park, Florida, by sfischer2250.

See more photos of Great Egret.

Rufous Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird in British Columbia by westcoastbirder.

The operator of our northernmost hummingbird-banding station describes Rufous Hummingbird.

A Rufous Hummingbird that spent the winter in eastern Pennsylvania.

Read about western hummingbirds that winter in the Gulf.

See more photos of Rufous Hummingbird.

Eastern Screech-Owl

Eastern Screech-Owls by Troy Lim.

See more photos of screech-owls.

Wood Stork

Wood Storks in Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Florida, by snooked.

See more photos of Wood Stork.

Great Crested Flycatcher

Great Crested Flycatchers by danielcadieux.

See more photos of Great Crested Flycatcher.

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher by Linda Wegs.
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher by Linda Wegs.

See more photos of Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.

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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