Are Birds Nests Reused? | BirdNote



Are Bird Nests Reused?

Written by Bob Sundstrom

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Let’s speak about nests. Each spring, robins construct their cup-shaped nests utilizing grass and dirt. [Robin call, brief snippet,, 0.06-.08] 

Orioles weave a dangling sack. [Bullock’s Oriole call, brief snippet,, 0.14-.16]  

It takes per week or two, it’s exhausting work, and but as soon as the chicks fledge, largely the constructions received’t be reused.

Cliff Swallows, alternatively, will typically reuse nests. They’ll spend per week plastering their mud construction on a sheer cliff face, use it, and the following yr — except parasites have moved in earlier than them — repair it up they usually’re good to go. [Cliff Swallow calls,, 0.10-.15 in background] 

Larger birds — herons, hawks, or eagles — typically reuse a nest for a few years. One Bald Eagle pair in Vermilion, Ohio, reused the identical nest for 34 years, including branches every year till it weighed greater than two tons. However Europe’s migratory White Storks get the award for finest reuse. One nest website, nonetheless utilized in 1930 and sure seeing many repairs through the years, dated again to 1549. That’s a steady sequence of stork pairs nesting in a single spot for 381 years. [White Stork bill clacking display]

For BirdNote I’m Michael Stein. 


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ID#: nest-06-2015-07-23nest-06

Oldest White Stork nest cited in Paul Ehrlich, et al., The Birders Handbook, p. 371. 

Extra on White Stork nests used for lots of of years: content/essays/Nest_Materials…

Cliff Swallow and Bald Eagle nest details from BNA On-line. (now Birds of the World)


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