Identifying bird nests

Can you identify the bird species that are nesting in your garden?

NESTING BIRDS

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

  1. Download the activity PDF below.
  2. Using the internet or a nest book, try to identify 15 pictured nests with their eggs.
  3. 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.

 

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