Can you identify the bird species that are nesting in your garden?
A bird nest is the spot in which a bird lays and incubates its eggs and raises its young. There is a huge variety of bird nests, from the grassy cup nest of the Blackbird, to the elaborately woven nest of the Long-tailed Tit. For some species, a bird nest is simply a shallow depression made in sand; for others, it is a hole in a tree or a burrow dug into the ground. Identifying a bird nest can therefore be quite tricky! In order to ID nests, practice is key, so see if you can use this quiz to get a head start on the bird nests you might find in your own garden.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
- Pen and paper to write down your answers
- A computer with a connection to the internet
- A nest guide (optional – for example, A Field Guide to Monitoring Nests, available on the BTO website)
YOUR STEP BY STEP SET-UP GUIDE
- Download the activity PDF below.
- Using the internet or a nest book, try to identify 15 pictured nests with their eggs.
- Check your answers against the answer sheet on the last page of the PDF.
IF YOU WANT TO TAKE IT FURTHER
Why not take your experience outside? By becoming a nest recorder for BTO, you can them gain invaluable data on when and where birds are laying eggs, but also on how successful broods are and .
Anyone can be a nest recorder. Some people watch a single nest box in their back garden while others find and monitor nests of a whole range of species. By following BTO guidelines you can learn how to monitor nests in a way which won’t disturb the birds.