NESTS

The trees in our garden are now so tall and thick with foliage that it isn’t always easy to find the nests of birds, even if you know they are there – somewhere. A pair of Cape Robin-chats had me fascinated for days on end as they flew back and forth with food in their beaks … I never could find their actual nest deep in the shrubbery, although their offspring later made an appearance. Two Common Fiscals have plied the food trails to their respective nests for weeks (I think both have actually nested beyond our garden perimeter) and one brought its youngster to the feeding tray a few times before leaving it to fend for itself.

I located the messy nest of an Olive Thrush in a tangle of branches near the wash line, but not in a position to photograph – my neighbour couldn’t get a good photographic view of it either, although we both enjoyed watching the activity around it.This is one taken some years ago:

Black-collared Barbets have brought their offspring to feed on cut apples …

Much more prominent is the mud nest the pair of Lesser-striped Swallows build under the eaves every year:

The rain came at just the right time for them and they set to work straight away. The sturdy nest they built outside our front door one year has been taken over by White-rumped Swifts. Life is filled with trials for these swallows for this lovely nest, already lined with soft materials, fell down one night and shattered. Days of sad twittering followed until the pair again returned to Plan B and built a nest under the eaves around the shadier side of our house – where they have resorted to building in previous years – and this one has stayed put.

Also easy to see was the flurry of activity among the weavers as they set about constructing nests at the end of  branches of a tree in our back garden:

Despite the chattering and hard work going on here, within days these nests had been abandoned and the birds had looked elsewhere to create their happy colony.

A very-hard-to-miss nest, which I have featured before, is the one in which a pair of Hadeda Ibises have successfully reared two chicks:

Both chicks are in the nest here – only their dark tails are showing.

20 thoughts on “NESTS

    • Weavers end up building several nests in a season – not all of them are completed. The female checks it out and if she is not satisfied, the male constructs another 🙂

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  1. It is always amazing to me how birds can hide their nests. Often times even when you watch precisely where they fly into you can’t find the nest. Cudos to them for being so clever.

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  2. So nice to have nesting birds around the yard. I’m always amazed once the leaves fall in autumn, how many and how close the nests were, hidden from view as we walked past them every day.

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    • You are right. Yesterday afternoon I had to hack away at a dry branch of a tree next door that had come down in front of my garden gate, bringing some bougainvillea down with it. In all that tangle that I finally managed to cut loose was an old nest, beautifully constructed from fine grass and lined with lichen.

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  3. How wonderful! Right outside my third floor window is a crow’s nest on a coconut tree. I can see a crow keeping the eggs warm. 🙂 And also, two munias came visiting the other day.

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  4. I look forward to Spring and the nests with babies, especially Robins, staring at me. At the Park, they trimmed all the lower branches of the trees last year, so no more peeking in or peering at the babies as the nests are above my vantage point.

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