Cottage Life: How the Nest was Done

May 2013: cottagelife.com

When our cottage neighbours decide to build something new, we usually know about it, but we may not be aware of the avian real estate development that happens every spring. If you have ever seen a bird fly by with a twig in its mouth, you have witnessed a small part of a big undertaking.

This story explores the nesting habits of nine easily identified bird species including Ruby-throated hummingbirds, Grey jays and Belted kingfishers. Thanks to Byron Eggenschwiler, the art is beautiful.

Download the article [pdf] to find out who uses spider webs, caterpillar cocoons and grouse feathers to build a nest.