By Derek Stoner, Education Program Assistant
Enough with the suspense. The identity of the bird nest pictured in the May 27th post about a falling tree is none other than that of a Blue Jay.
A common bird in backyards and woodlands, the nests of this crow-family member can be difficult to find. A platform of small sticks, placed against the trunk of a tree is fairly typical. What was different about this particular nest was the addition of strips of white plastic. Perhaps the jays liked a little color in their new home, but the falling tree ruined their decorative efforts!
The keen-eyed outdoor observer can find many bird nests by being patient. Watching the coming’s and going’s at the nest is entertaining, and you can witness the incredible construction of nests. Oriole and vireo nests in particular are made of materials like plant fibers that bend and expand to hold a growing brood of babies inside.
True engineering efforts by our feathered friends!
Upcoming adult programs through the Delaware Nature Society: Pine Barrens – Orchids and other Wildflowers – June 18; Regal Frittilary Butterfly Trip – early July – TBA depending on Fort Indiantown Gap military training schedule; Susquehanna Gorges Botany – July 2; Pine Barrens Wildflowers – July 18; Yoga at Coverdale Farm and Ashland Nature Center – July dates; Full Moon Walk at Abbott’s Mill Nature Center – July 7. See www.delawarenaturesociety.org for more details.