Apparantly, ’tis the season for Red-Eyed Vireo bird nests. Jim found the first of three this weekend while on a hike on our land. I’ve never seen a bird nest like this and I was excited about researching it. They are sweet little nests, barely suspended from a fork in a tree branch or rose bush, but alas, no eggs. They must have already flown the coop.
The photos I’ve included here are of two separate nests (three + three). Both of these nests were fairly close to the ground — 4 feet or so. The third nest (not pictured) was high up in a tree at perhaps 15 feet.
At the time, we had no idea what kind of bird made them. In my research online, it looked like they might perhaps be Boston Orioles, but something wasn’t quite right — the Orioles’ nests were much longer and hung more like a sack, than ours did.
I came across The Birders Report website that helps with egg and nest identification. They gave this email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you needed help. “Larry” asks for the following information to facilitate the identification:
- The city and state where the nest was discovered
- The habitat and location of the nest (i.e. deciduous or pine forest, grassland, marsh, farm or city and nest was in a bush or tree, on the ground, in my potted plant or in the seat of the tractor)
- A description of the nest, what the nest is made of and its dimensions
- What the eggs look like, color, size, shape and how many eggs in the nest
- If you can get a photo of the nest and eggs, with a coin in the photo for size comparison, it will facilitate the identification.
I’m pretty sure this is a Red-eyed Vireo Nest.
Their nest is suspended in a horizontal fork of a shrub or low tree branch 5 to 10 feet up. It is constructed of vine-bark strips, thin grasses, rootlets and birch bark, bound with spider webs to twigs at the rim.
Yes, that definitely fit the description of our nest! It is amazing how education can open your eyes. I had not observed the spiders’ web nor the bark. Nor did I pay particular attention to the orientation on the branch. This is what thrills me about learning new things.
Life is an Adventure!