I am so stoked that Game of Thrones has resumed and Winter is Coming. At least on the TV show, winter is on its way, here we had 75°F on Monday, along with April showers. Birds have been busy everywhere building nests, staking out territory, now raising young.
In the bird world, they have their own Game of Thrones happening daily. Birds have been stealing nesting sites, holes, boxes and laying eggs in the crafted nest of others for the nest owners to raise the interlopers. Every day is a battle for life and territory.
Birds construct nests from all kinds of natural materials like grass, mud, leaves, lichen, feathers and fur. Some like stuff we make such as paper, plastic, rubber-bands, and thread. Some nests are like castles they are so large.
You can find nests almost anywhere, even on a scape on the ground. Birds are and were busy gathering building materials too.
Most are found in trees, yet others are underground in burrows, cliff side, some on or in our buildings. Remember I said some nests are like castles? See the tiny osprey head below?
It takes these birds a lot of work to make a 400 lb. nest like above and then much more work guarding it from nest thieves. I just saw a show on Nature about bird nests from around the world. You should catch it if on Public TV again.
I am always amazed at the beauty, variation and intricate construction of the nests. Also how many birds steal nests or use the nests of others was shown in the Nature special.
Osprey nests are homes to a neighborhood of House Sparrows. It was funny seeing all the sparrows going in and out while the Osprey sat on their clutch.
No doubt who rules this mighty Kingdom. Checking on the commoners below? Eagles make really large nests too.
Is that a Golden Eagle I saw on Monday above? I had to lighten the image of the bird to see the patterning, it was so dark brown. The eagle was big, did not look like a first-year Bald Eagle juvenile and had no white markings on the chest, just that kinda dark buff color (which I lightened to see in the photo). Also the legs are fully feathered, young eagles have bald legs. I did not even ready the exposure until it was almost too late. That’s what I get since I ignored it as maybe it was a vulture (paid no attention to the wing shape) until it flew in closer. Bald Eagle sightings have been more frequent along the Niagara this year too.