Coldwater, ON, Canada
While out for birding along the Matchedash Wetland Trail in Matchedash Bay, Ontario (Nearby Coldwater, Ontario) this morning I accidentally flushed a mature bird off of a nest that was located in a derelict Milk truck from the 60’s or 70’s (If my guess is right) unfortunately I was unable to get a clear look at the matter individual before it flew off out of a broken window. I
I took a quick cell phone pic of the nest to see if there was any eggs or young in it; The photo revealed 2 Eggs and 2 Hatchlings.
My research so far has turned up the possibility that the egg on the left is that of a Black-Capped Chickadee, But I am unsure. (My knowledge on nesting/identifying eggs is weak).
I am also unsure about the egg on the right, and the hatchlings.
any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Thank you in advance,
Hi Jack, Given the mossy components of the nest and the fact that it was found on a structure like this, the most likely culprit is an Eastern Phoebe. One of the eggs in the nest is likely from a Brown-headed Cowbird (the brown-speckled one). Though chickadees also use moss in their nests and have speckled eggs, they nest in tree cavities or nest boxes and eggs are much smaller. Feel free to email us with further questions at email@example.com.
Thats what I was going to say. I also believe that this is an Eastern Phoebe.
Eastern Phoebe nest. The egg on the left is a Brown-headed Cowbird.