Used for laying eggs and sheltering the little ones, bird nests vary in shape, size, and type. While some feathered creatures opt for a simple scrape nest by creating a shallow depression in the ground, others weave intricate ones out of twigs and other materials.
The latter kind often builds their engineering wonders in the most unusual places. They occupy everything from helmets to car parts, swimming suits, and even traffic lights; people have pictures to prove it. We’ve gathered some of them in this list today, showing no limit to their creativity regarding nesting locations. Scroll down to find the pictures and enjoy.
To understand bird behavior better and learn more about their process of building nests, we contacted a professor in the Biology department at Dalhousie University, Andrew Horn. You will find his thoughts in the text below.
01. This Goose At My Hospital Laid Eggs And Is Nesting In A Large Planter. One Of Our Maintenance Guys Built An Umbrella For Her And Set Up Nearby Water For Her
02. A Hummingbird Built Its Nest On My Hanging Hummingbird Figurine
03. Two Eagles Have Decided To Build A Nest Right Outside My Grandma’s Window On the 12th-floor
“Different species choose differently, of course, but the common elements are safety from predators and access to food. For most songbirds, safety from predators calls for a well-hidden nest in a place that’s hard for predators to climb to,” Andrew Horn, a professor in the Biology department at Dalhousie University, told us.
The Celebrate Urban Birds project also pointed out that the places birds choose and the nests they build differ depending on the species. Some even have different roles for male and female birds in finding the best spot and building a nest.
For instance, mourning doves typically opt for a tree, but it’s the male’s responsibility to locate the right place, which the female must approve. When it comes to hummingbirds, for example, the female builds the nest without help from the male counterpart. This species usually also makes them in trees but might also choose bushes or a more exciting spot, such as a loop of chain or wire.
04. Baby Bird In The Mouth Of A Wolf Statue At My University
05. A Robin Made Its Nest And Laid Some Eggs In The Middle Of My Hanging Basket
According to the Natural History Museum, a woodpigeon is another species that shares the workload of building a nest: the male bird brings the materials. At the same time, the female piles it on a somewhat scattered platform and then uses it for laying eggs. Woodpigeons typically lay two eggs, each of which is then incubated by the two birds.
06. The Nest That Some Birds Made In My Bicycle Seat Pack While I Was Away. I’ll Take The Bus To Work As Long As They Need It
07. Duck Made A Nest In My Fire Pit, And Duckies Finally Hatched
08. I’m Gonna Make A Nest Right Here
Even though they might be used as permanent homes in some cases, nests are primarily built for laying eggs, incubating them, and raising the young. Birding Outdoors revealed that these living beings lay eggs all year round, but April, May, and June seem to be the most active months; they lay as much as 86% of eggs.
09. This Bird Making Its Nest In A Mop
10. People Kept Pointing Their Phones At The CCTV Camera
11. My Wife Hung A Wreath On Our Front Door. In The First Week, A Bird Built A Nest Inside The Wreath. Week Two, A Bird Built A Nest On Top Of The Wreath
The Natural History Museum pointed out that some birds, such as house martins, build their nests from mud and often do it on people’s houses, attaching them to the roof and the wall.
“Homes often offer places like eaves, holes (e.g., drainpipes), and raised but flat surfaces that are like natural nest sites, but scarcer in the wild. Also, the activity around the home can offer some protection from predators (apart from cats!),” Professor Andrew Horn explained.
12. A Sure Sign You Have Been Taking This “Stay At Home” Thing Seriously
13. A Robin Has Nested Inside An MX Helmet In My Shed
14. A Nice Wren Couple Moved Into A Hiking Boot In My Parents’ Garage, And Today Their Family Grew By 5
Prof. Andrew Horn also discussed with us what is the best course of action upon finding a nest in an unexpected location on your property. “If there’s no eggs or nestlings in it yet, and it really can’t be there, then you can try moving it to a better location and removing the nest material every time it reappears until the birds give up and nest somewhere else” he said. “Once the nest has eggs or nestlings, it’s illegal to disturb it. If possible, avoid the nest area, don’t linger near or look at the nest, and hopefully, the birds and you will get used to each other. The birds will only be nesting for a month or so.”
15. Behold! The Miracle Of Nature That Is The Pigeon Nest
The lament of me and those who don’t know enough about pigeons. This is a beautiful nest for a pigeon, precisely how they are meant to build nests. This is not “they don’t care about their chicks” (really? Of course they care about their offspring!); this is “pigeons are not tree birds, and people should stop thinking that the actions of tree birds apply to all birds.” They are cliff birds.
The eggs are on a solid surface and surrounded by twigs to prevent them from rolling off; this is the nest you will get from any cliff bird. Now it’s weird being on a concrete floor, you think? Please understand pigeons and think they are stupid because the cliff bird doesn’t do tree bird things in an environment we forced them into. Pigeons are domesticated animals; urban pigeons are feral, not wild. They are working with their instinct in a place we moved them to be because pigeon keeping became “unfashionable.”
16. Robin Created Nest In The Back Of An Elephant Planter
17. This Is A Canadian Goose Named Dorthey. She Visits My Grandparents’ House Every Year To Make Her Nest And Lay Her Eggs
In addition to living rent-free on the homeowner’s property, winged creatures sometimes use artificial materials. The Natural History Museum uncovered that birds might add debris and other bits and pieces to their nests to strengthen the structure, decorate it, or repel ectoparasites.
18. Our Country (Malaysia) Has Been In A Movement Control Order. This Is 10 Days Into The Lockdown
19. Robin’s Nest In The Top Of A Fence Post
20. A Bird Sitting In A Nest In A Wild Bird Sign
Depending on the species, birds build different types of nests. According to AZ Animals, they are categorized into cup, platform, burrow, scrape, mound, cavity, and hanging nests. The first one is arguably the most common in the bird world and in pictures showing the most random places birds choose to set them up.
21. Found At My Local Lowes
22. I Fed A Duck, And Then She Made A Nest 6 Feat From My Front Door
23. Hummingbird Family Made A Nest In A Pair Of Hanging Pool Goggles
It is believed that the majority of birds do not reuse their nests. All the effort of building one typically goes down the drain once the birds and their babies abandon the construction after the nesting period. They start the intricate process all over again next season.
Some birds, however, skip the process of building one altogether. They find a place to lay eggs that don’t require construction or leave their unhatched babies in other birds’ nests. Bird Gap uncovered that the list of such species includes the Emperor Penguin, Common Potoo, Indigobird, and Common Cuckoo, among others.
24. I Love Pigeons Because When It’s Time To Make A Nest, They’re Like, “Whatever.”
25. An Urban Bird That Uses Cigarette Butts To Protect Its Chicks From Parasites. Harmful To Humans But Beneficial To Birds
26. An Old Jacket Hanging In The Woods With A Bird’s Nest Built In The Pocket
According to researchers’ 2021 data, there are roughly 9,700 species of birds, providing people with plenty of nests in random places and beautiful bird vocalization. They also often become the stars of entertaining content that went wrong but ended up with hilarious results of the best bird memes posted online.
27. A Hummingbird Made A Tiny Nest On A Christmas Light
28. Birds Built A Nest In Our Window
29. That Pigeon Nesting Between Anti-Pigeon Spikes
30. I got A Little Surprise When I Got Home From Work
31. My Sister Hung Her Bathing Suit Top Out To Dry. A Bird Started Building A Nest In The Cup
32. This Is A Pic Of A Mourning Dove Which Made A Nest In My Bathroom; It Is On The Top Floor
I didn’t scare off the dove by the picture; nevertheless, she is chill and not scared of us. We put some food and water in the bathroom.
33. Stork Family Built Their Nest In Between The McDonald’s Sign
34. A Hummingbird Made A Nest On The Handle Of My Parent’s Basketball Hoop
35. Some Birds Built A Nest In One Of My Relative’s Grills, While It Was Still Closed
36. I Came Home Today And Found This Bird On My Balcony Chair, Fully Equipped With a Nest And Egg
37. There Is A Bird’s Nest In This “Tree”
38. Mobile Home
39. A Bird Laid Eggs On The Stairs Of Our Front Porch
40. Birds Nesting In A Boot
41. I Left My Work Gloves Outside For A Couple Of Days. I went To Got Them And Found This.
42. This Bird’s Nest In My Dad’s Helmet. They Hatched
43. Bird Made Its Nest In My Mop
44. Going To The Track Today, But Found That Two Nesting Birds Had More Important Plans For My Helmets
45. This Is Just Ridiculous
46. This Duck That Laid Its Eggs In A Planter At My Work
47. A Hummingbird Built Her Nest On The String Lights Above My Patio Table
48. Second Year In A Row Robins Built A Nest On Our Outdoor Ceiling Fan
49. There’s A Birds Nest In My Newspaper Slot
50. I Found This Birds Nest On Top Of My Heavy Bag
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