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A nest and three kinds of vines

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It wasn’t all snails at McKinney Falls State Park on March 13th. I also came across this nest (presumably a bird’s) in a small tree. The nest was supported by two kinds of vines: greenbrier, Smilax bona-nox, and mustang grape, Vitis mustangensis. Note also the spent pod of a milkweed vine, likely Matelea reticulata, in the upper left.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 1, 2013 at 6:18 AM

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  1. Beautiful bird’s nest. Love the muted colors of the entire pic. Shows how valuable appropriate cover/habitat is for nesting birds. The nest in the smilax and lots of leaves from the grape was a good choice for the bird.

    petspeopleandlife

    April 1, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    • Yes, the vines were quite sturdy and gave the nest all the support it needed. One thing that surprised me is that the nest wasn’t built in a much higher place. The fact that it was at eye-level is probably why I spotted it, but that relative closeness to the ground makes me think a predator could have gotten at it as easily as I did.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 1, 2013 at 9:56 AM

      • You are right about that. Predator friendly for sure but hopefully the nesting was a successful one.

        petspeopleandlife

        April 1, 2013 at 10:05 AM

  2. The fact that it was intact and still in the tree suggests the babies fledged successfully – unless another bird got the eggs. Still, it’s in such good shape my guess is that nothing messed with it. I love birds’ nests and even bought a field guide to them. It surprised me how many birds nest on the ground or very low, especially around the marshes.

    For a real treat, take a look at Phoebe’s webcam . This hummingbird has been on camera for several years. I’ve watched her hatch and fledge two broods already. There are people in cubicles all over the country watching this bird. 😉

    shoreacres

    April 3, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    • It is surprising that so many birds nest low or on the ground. I wonder if that’s because the young of certain species are more likely than others to move around and fall out of their nest before they can fly.

      I didn’t see the hummingbird, but I did see an egg.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 3, 2013 at 4:25 PM


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