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Victoria Campbell

Ithaca, NY, USA


This little Dark-eyed Junco nest was so well hidden. It was tucked under a little mossy rock ledge on the ground. I was walking by and a junco suddenly took flight, so I looked closely and found it. Inside was a nestling and two eggs. Sadly, over the course of a few days they all disappeared. First the nestling, than one of the eggs, and then the final egg. The parents were on the nest most of the the time, so I don’t know what could have gotten it. Perhaps mice or chipmunks.


Dark-eyed Junco Nest

This junco nest was so well hidden! I almost stepped on it!

4 responses to “Dark-eyed Junco nest”

  1. Robyn Bailey says:

    Sorry to hear they didn’t make it! This was a terrific find, though, being such a hidden little spot. Hopefully they will try again nearby.

  2. Micah says:

    I am thinking that the thing that ate them could have be a Raccoon or a Skunk.

    I hope they will find a good safe place that they will have young.

  3. Darrell Gammon says:

    Maybe by you walking up to the nest, the predator just followed your scent. I monitor bluebird nest boxes and I was advised from a veteran monitor to never retrace your steps but use a different route on arriving and leaving to possibly lead the predator past the nest. I try but its not always possible. Sad for the loss.

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