Eastern Bluebird Nest Building Underway

Nest building started Sunday, 4/10/22.

Bluebirds Building a Nest

Mourning doves nest-building time-lapse

A pair of mourning doves nest above our front door, where we watch them on a webcam. This is a time-lapse video of the doves building their first nest of the 2018 nesting season on Feb. 28, 2018.

Ruby builds her nest

Spotted this female Ruby-throated stretching spider web silk to build her nest. It was such a tiny nest, I never would have seen it without her frequent nest building visits.

Practice Session

I’ve been monitoring Baltimore Orioles, daily, in my yard, on 1-2 Wingscapes bird Cams, since the first arrival on Labor Day, 2016. During this time I’ve seen some interesting behavior, and have been able to identify, by markings, many individuals over the 8 month period. This was special, as it was the last Baltimore Oriole, on the last day of the fall/winter season, in Florida, before departing for her breeding grounds, up north. I assume, triggered by hormones, this oriole had a little “practice” session of nest building. Wishing her a safe journey!

Pygmy Nuthatch

First time I’ve had these little birds nest in my yard. I love watching them and hearing their chatter. They are very tentative to their nest and to each other.

Building a Nest

Lovely Eastern Bluebird building a nest.

Serene Robins

My newest neighbors, a pair of American Robins, have built three different versions of nests, and despite human traffic (the noise of lawnmowers, cars, partying college students who have just graduated), they have settled on an air conditioning unit directly across from my apartment window.

They have been very easy to photograph, letting me peek into their private world without interrupting their nesting process or frightening them away. The birds are lucky to have picked a place where our backyard faces Schmeekle Reserve: http://www.uwsp.edu/cnr-ap/schmeeckle/Pages/home.aspx

The nearby University of Wisconsin — Stevens Point campus has an excellent Natural Resources department and the area students and community love our wildlife!

As of May 25th, 2014 the Robins, whom I identify as Serene (female) and Serenade (male), have two eggs in the finally finished nest.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Cornell Lab of Ornithology