Nests...

... the house was quiet this morning... nothing but the sound of the Wife sweetly snoring and the hopeful gurgling of the coffee pot as it brewed.... And not wanting to disturb the tranquil scene, I wandered out onto the patio in my pajama bottoms - fresh cup of coffee in hand - to watch the morning arrive...

... a few weeks back, as I lolled in the hammock, I noticed a hummingbird zipping around the treetops searching for late poplar blooms... as I lay back relaxing in the Splendor Of It All, he mysteriously disappeared into a cluster of leaves.... I was suddenly perplexed... where did he go?... but upon closer inspection, I saw that there was a tiny nest clinging to the topside of one of the branches.... I had found where he nested!...

... this morning on the patio, a strange notion struck me.... nests... do birds build nests only for raising their little ones?... and once a brood has skedaddled, do they abandon the familial stick-pile?... or do they hang out there all year long until it's time to breed again?.... I just don't know... and to be honest, this is the very first time I have ever put any thought at all into the question....

... so now I'm back inside and preparing for a nice, long, hot shower... and I can't stop thinking about that damn nest...

... so be charitable, people... toss a fellow traveler an answer or two... what's the deal with birds and nests.. are they a static thing?.... do hummingbirds breed in early August?... are nests more than just places to drop an egg or two in the great circle of life?.... I just don't know.... but, as always, I'm sure you knuckleheads will have all the answers...

... no, seriously... this is really bothering me.....

by Eric on August 06, 2006 | Bullshit (9) | TrackBack (0) | Thinking
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Effing hell.

What is this? National Geo-effing-graphic?

I snore so loud, I wake myself up. I snore my throat sore. Effing hummingbirds won't come within a goddamn mile of that racket.

Hey! Hey! Are you listening?

Bullshitted by Erin O'Brien on August 6, 2006 12:05 PM

Good question. I don't know that I had ever even thought about it. Most of the bird populatrion around my place is migratory--they come through and build a nest and raise a brood then haul ass to somewhere else where I suppose they do the same thing..no sectional differences I reckon..some of the flock are yankee birds and some southern birds.

Except for the peckerwoods. They hang around all year but I do believe they build a new nest in the hollow tree for each brood and damn if I know where the stay in between broods.

Bullshitted by GUYK on August 6, 2006 02:30 PM

Oddly enough I was raking today, and noted one, sitting in the tree overhead preening. I have NEVER seen a ummingbird sit ever, they are always in my flowers buzzing away.....

can't help you with your question, and although I could have looked it up faster than writing this entry, it might have interefered with my porn surfing...

Bullshitted by armywifetoddlermom on August 6, 2006 02:38 PM

Old neighbor of mine had a hummer nest on her front porch that seemed to get re-populated by new eggs on a yearly basis for quite a few years -- same mommy/daddy birds? Who knows. Could be the same pair or offspring thereof? Tiny little thing, tiny little eggs Used to use it as a science project of sorts for assorted grandkids, daycare kids, neighbor's kids etc. It was way cool. Sorry, man, you'll have to google the more esoteric, ornithological habits of hummers. Let us know, will ya? I'd do it but I gotta head over to Costco.

Bullshitted by Marianne on August 6, 2006 02:51 PM

I do know that nests make great kindling.

You've got yourself the makings of a small meal, there. Very small. Eggs and hummingbird breasts, cooked on a fire that the thoughtful little critter helped to provide. Doesn't get much better than that.

Otherwise, I ain't much help.

Bullshitted by That 1 Guy on August 6, 2006 04:05 PM

It would be my retarded two cents that nest building is merely a function of procreation. Once the brood is on the wing, the nest is abandoned till the cycle starts anew the following year.

Some raptors, like eagles and ospreys, return to the same nest year after year. They simply add new nesting material and spruce the place up a bit. Some of those nests, like the ones you see in the loblolly pines on the coastal islands of Mississippi, can weigh several hundred pounds.

Some birds don't even expend the energy to build a nest. Talk about natural cunning. Take the Bronze Cowbird, for instance. Known as a brood parasitic species, the cowbird lays it's non-descript eggs in the nest of unsuspecting songbirds already incubating. The involuntary foster parent is left to run itself ragged trying to feed and raise a chick that is much larger than it's own. Generally the the nestlings either croak from starvation as a result of not being big or strong enough to compete with the cowbird chick for food, or the cowbird chick simply pushes the smaller songbird fledglings out of the nest.

Now ain't that a stone cold bitch?......

Bullshitted by bitterman on August 6, 2006 06:21 PM

Now if we can just get T1G to stop wanting to eat the hummingbirds... Don't they have food down in Florida??

(About the nests, I have no idea - I know that *my* little hummingbirds will perch every so often... But that's all I know...)

Bullshitted by Richmond on August 6, 2006 06:51 PM

Some birds raise more than one brood during the season (like House Sparrows, Starlings and Robins) in the same nest. Some do use the same nest year after year (especially the ones they build in the eaves of my f*****g house), but most build a new nest every spring.

Bullshitted by wavemaker on August 7, 2006 07:32 AM

Birds are one of my new interests since I moved to GA mountains... bird feeders every where, I've hung nests all through my wooded area, and getting to know the little fellas' routines.

Hummingbirds seem to be territorial and return to the same area, but don't use the same nest.

Bullshitted by vicki on August 8, 2006 10:25 AM