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Donna Barski

Arcade, NY, United States


I first came to the area around 2PM on 6/6 and took photos of the Ovenbird in the nest. (Submitted a photo.) I returned about 2-3 minutes later. Now the Ovenbird was standing beside her nest. She remained still. I left after taking a few photos. It was a thrill and relief to see her still monitoring her nest. This morning I saw a large disturbed area of leaves about 30 feet from the nest. I believe a wild turkey was scratching around for something to eat. My husband and I have seen a large turkey in our woods and in this area on our critter cams. I’m sure that bird eggs and nestlings are on its menu.

I’m a nervous Nestwatcher. The odds of success seem stacked against this Ovenbird, given the number of predators that roam about in our woods.


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Ovenbird Standing By Nest

Ovenbird standing beside her nest.

2 responses to “Ovenbird Standing By Nest”

  1. Hamna says:

    It’s so great that a lot of people have joined nestwatch and care about these birds! Don’t give up and pray for the best!!

  2. Paula says:

    Hi, Donna! Would it be possible, (or a good idea??), to put some kind of fencing around the nest for protection? I am thinking of the wire garden fencing with openings big enough for smaller birds, but a barrier against larger predators…
    I know how you feel! A couple of neighborhood cats come under our fence at night to roam around the property when no one is around and I am always anxious about the safety of our nesting birds and fledglings! Best of luck to this little bird…

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