As I stated in a previous post, my goal this month is to give you purposeful reasons to hike. This time, look up for nests. Winter is a good time to find them because they are more noticeable when deciduous trees have lost their leaves. As I hiked, I was amazed at how many nests (that I had previously walked by) I noticed up in the branches when I intentionally looked for them. Watch the Animoto below to see some of the nests I discovered. Are all nests bird nests? The larger ones most likely are squirrel nests. Click here to watch a squirrel build a nest.
I have a small collection of bird nests. What materials did these birds use?
How astounding that every species of bird builds a nest unique to that species and that these nests are built without hands! Children will appreciate the difficulty of this engineering task when they try to construct nests of their own. Click here to check out this fun nest building investigation for families from Tinkergarten! Another option would be to collect items a bird might use to make a nest and then fashion one using your hands. How will it stay together?
Click here for the Safeshare link for the following video.
Use the videos below to compare fiction and nonfiction books about nests.
Click here for the video of Mama Built a Little Nest.
Click here to watch an animated version of The Best Nest.
I was looking up for nests when I spotted this bird. I think it is a red-tailed hawk.
On another walk, I eyed this hawk high in a tree. So majestic!