Egg And Nest Identification

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Many times, even if you find an egg on the ground, all by itself, with no nest around, it may be a species of bird that uses a scrape nest (just a simple scrape in the dirt) and they will return to lay more eggs until they have a full clutch before they start incubating the eggs.  Please do not disturb nests or eggs that you may discover.

I live in the United States and am only able to identify birds, eggs and nests of North American species


If you have found a nest or bird eggs you would like to have identified, please send me an email with the following information:

  • The city and state where the nest was discovered
  • The habitat and location of the nest (i.e. deciduous or pine forest, grassland, marsh, farm or city and nest was in a bush or tree, on the ground, in my potted plant or in the seat of the tractor)
  • A description of the nest, what the nest is made of and its dimensions
  • What the eggs look like, color, size, shape and how many eggs in the nest

If you can get a photo of the nest and eggs, with a coin in the photo for size comparison, it will facilitate the identification.  I enjoy the stories of nest discoveries and urge you to send me an email with your questions.

If you are going to put up nestboxes and monitor them, it is important to know what species of bird is nesting in your birdhouses. I have put together a small sampling of the eggs and nests of the birds that I have nesting in my nestboxes here.

Below the nest box photos there are several photos of bird nests and eggs, some from myself and others from readers asking for identification help. PLEASE REVIEW THE PHOTOS BELOW TO SEE IF THEY MATCH THE EGGS OR NEST YOU ARE INQUIRING ABOUT. I get many inquiries and try to answer all of them in a timely fashion by contacting you directly via email. This page will be updated often with my information and photos as well as photos from readers who give me permission to post their finds. Enjoy!

Western Bluebird Nest and Ash-throated Flycatcher Nest

Western Bluebird Nest, western bluebird eggs

Ash-thoated Flycatcher Nest, ash-throated flycatcher eggs

The Ash-throated flycatcher nest (right) is made up of grass, weeds, fur and hair. Sometimes containing some cow or horse dung.

The Western Bluebird nest (left) is a collection of fine grasses and sometimes include a feather or two, leaves and thin bark. It has a fairly shallow cup with, if your lucky, up to seven pale blue eggs.



Tree Swallow Nest and House Sparrow Nest

Tree Swallow nestHouse Sparrow Nest

The house sparrow nest (right) is a jumble of course grasses and weeds with seed heads and (in this case) Emu feathers that completely fill the nestbox. The nest will form a tunnel from the entrance hole almost to the bottom of the box. The tree swallow nest (left) will look similar to the western bluebird with many more feathers. In this case the swallows had lots of goose feathers nearby.



Oak Titmouse Nest and House Finch Nest

Oak Titmouse Nest, oak titmouse eggsHouse Finch Nest, house finch eggsThe Oak Titmouse nest (left) is made of grasses and moss, with fine hair and/or fur and sometimes small feathers making a deep cup for the eggs.  The House Finch nest (right) is made of fine hair (horse hair in this nest) woven into a perfect bowl.



Cavity Nester’s Egg Comparison

Cavity Nester's Egg Comparison

These eggs are all fairly shiny after the mother has been sitting on them for any length of time.  Note the subtle differences between the Ash-throated Flycatcher’s egg and the House Sparrow’s egg.  The House Sparrow egg has a cream, green or grayish background with irregular fine brown speckles whereas the Flycatcher’s eggs have an ivory or tan background with streaks or blotches of dark brown, purple or gray, heavier at the large end of the egg.

Ash-throated and Great Crested Flycatcher Nest and Eggs

The Great Crested Flycatcher is the eastern cousin to the Ash-throated Flycatcher. I just received an excellent photo of the Great Crested Flycatcher’s nest and eggs from Page, one of my readers from North Carolina, and I thought it would be nice to show the difference between the Great Crested Flycatcher’s nest (normally with the snake skins) and (more heavily streaked) eggs…

and the Ash-throated Flycatcher we have here out West.

White-breasted Nuthatch Nest and Chicks

White-breasted Nuthatches nests are floored with bark flakes and strips and lumps of earth; with a cup of finer bark shreds, grasses and rootlets, but mainly lined with fur, wool, hair and feathers. Their eggs are smooth and slightly glossy usually white, sometimes tinted creamy or pink. Speckled and spotted with light red, reddish-brown, brown, and purplish-red, and sometimes paler gray and purple. You can see a photo of them on my friend Bet’s page here. Here is a close-up of the chicks in the nest.

House Sparrows are a non-native, invasive species in North America and are not protected by law.  They will take over nest boxes and chase off or kill native birds.  There are several things you can do to protect your nest boxes against this invader.  For extensive information on this subject, please visit my friend Bet Zimmerman’s Page.

Wild Turkey Nest and Eggs

Wild Turkeys breed in more open deciduous forest, along forest edges and in clearings; and in more open and scattered woodland of dryer regions. Their nest is on the ground, usually near or under shrubby cover or against a fallen log or foot of a tree; occasionally among rocks or in an open site.  This photo was sent to me from Ontario Canada by Sheila.

Wild Turkey Nest and Eggs

Turkey Vulture Nest and Eggs

This photo of a Turkey Vulture nest with eggs was sent to me by Nancy from North Carolina. Turkey Vultures breed in a variety of habitats, usually in secluded and undisturbed sites. The nest may be in a cave or rock recess, in an unused building, hollow log or stump or on the ground in thick cover or a swamp. A dark site is preferred.

Turkey Vulture Nest and Eggs

American Kestrel Nest and Eggs

This is a photo I took while helping my friend Steve monitor some of his American Kestrel boxes.  He has over 75 Kestrel boxes he monitors every year, this being only a small percentage of the nest boxes he monitors.  The American Kestrel lays 4 to 5 smooth, non-glossy, cream colored eggs, about twice the size of a Western Bluebird egg, with irregular brown spots.  Notice they have only a small amount of sawdust as nesting material.

American Kestrel Eggs, American Kestrel nest

Chimney Swift Nest with Chicks

This was sent to me by Larry Arnold from Atlanta Georgia. He found this nest built inside his fireplace. This is a view looking down at the nest.  He said that the baby’s singing for food filled the living room! That’s the adult bird right in the middle of the photo. The nest is a shallow half-cup of short dead twigs broken off by the birds in flight and glued together and to the wall by saliva! There is no lining and the eggs are white, 20 x 13mm.

Bushtit Nest

Here in the West and Southwest we have Bushtits. They build this elaborate pendulous gourd-shaped nest with a small, circular, side-facing hooded entrance near the top shown above, sent to me by Mark Prichard. The photo below was found by Chris Nelson in Chico, a community close to my location.

For more information on these cooperative breeders can be found in the post I wrote when I found a pair of Bushtits building a nest.

Mourning Dove Nest and Eggs

Mourning Doves breed in a wide variety of habitats. Open woodlands, cultivated areas with trees or shrubs, suburban gardens, semi-arid and arid areas within reach of water. Their nest is usually in a tree or shrub between 10 and 25 feet up; however, as you can se from these photos from some of my readers, they can be found almost anywhere. Their nest is a flimsy platform of twigs. They begin breeding in December to February in the south and April in the north. They have a long breeding season and will raise several broods per season. This photo was sent to me by Whitney from Louisiana.

Mourning Dove with Egg and Nestling

Here’s a close-up of the chick and egg

Mourning Dove Egg and Nestling

Here’s a photo of a Mourning Dove nesting on the ledge of a building from Melanie.

Mourning Dove Sitting on Nest

And the same bird with the nestlings.

Mourning Dove on Nest with Chicks

This bird decided the top of a light fixture was a good location from Christian in Florida.

Mourning Dove on Light Fixture

Mourning Dove Nest & Eggs on Light Fixture

And from Elizabeth in Denver, on her car in the garage!

Mourning Dove Nest & Eggs On Car

Mourning Dove Nest & Eggs On Car

And from Vinod in New Jersey, Mourning Doves eggs on the front door.

Mourning Dove Nest and Eggs

Whip-poor-will Nest and Eggs

The Whip-poor-will is a member of the Nightjar or Goatsucker family. They are nocturnal birds with large eyes, tiny bill, a large bristled gape, and very short legs. A voice in the night woods, they are more often heard than seen.

The Whip-poor-will breeds in drier, more open woodlands, or near woodland edge. They don’t build a nest but lay their two eggs on the ground in an open site under trees or under a bush, usually on a bed of dead leaves. A photo of this rare find was sent to me from Nicole in Pennsylvania.

Whip-poor-will Eggs

Chuck-will’s-widow Nest and Eggs

The Chuck-will’s-widow is the southern cousin to the Whip-poor-will. It breeds in mixed oak and pine woods and lays two eggs on the leaves or pine needles of open ground under the trees. This photo was sent to me by Linda from Arkansas.

Chuck-will's-widow Eggs And Nest

Ruby-throated Hummingbird Nest and Eggs

hummingbird nest, hummingbird eggs

Here is a great photo of a hummingbird nest from my friend Nina over at Nature Remains.  Go check out the entire photo story at her site. The typical hummingbird nest is tiny, about the size of half an English walnut shell.  They are usually built on a small forked branch about the size of a pencil. The outer part is covered with moss and plant fibers to camouflage the nest. Sometimes it is shingled with lichens like this one. The rest of the nest is made of plant down and spider webs.  Not just any spider webs either.  Hummingbirds use only fresh spider webs made the same day, before any bugs are trapped in the webbing.  Successful nests are usually built in a site that is out of the wind so the hummer moms can more easily control the nest temperature.

This photo of an Anna’s Hummngbird nest and eggs was sent to me by Cheryl from Salome, Arizona. Her friend Terry took the photos.

Here is the female hummingbird sitting in the nest

And finally, the first chick hatched. The yellowish egg is a mystery. I think it may be an unfertilized first egg, but you can see the other white egg and the dark colored chick with its black skin and gray down on the lower right.

American Robin Nest and Eggs

American Robin nest, robin nest, robin sitting in nest

This photo of an American Robin sitting on the nest was taken by my brother at his home in Lake Tahoe.  Robins will often build their nests on man-made structures in urban areas if other natural sites are not available.  Rain gutters and any type of ledge, like this electric meter, will suffice.

The female selects the site and builds the nest which may be placed anywhere from the ground to the tree tops.  She constructs the outer wall with dead grass and twigs, then brings in mud to reinforce the edge of the nest.  Finally she will line the cup with fine dead grass.

American Robin nest, robin nest, robin eggs

Sandra from Illinois sent me some photos of American robins nesting on the fire hose hook ups outside a fire house.

American Robin Nest with Eggs

Amerocan Robin Nestlings

American Robin Nestlings

American Robin Nestlings

House Finch Nest and Eggs

The House Finch is one of the most common backyard birds in the United States.  Their nest sites include pine, spruce, and palm trees; cactus; rock ledges; vents, ledges, or ivy on buildings (including especially parking structures); street lamps; hanging planters; and abandoned nests of other birds.  This nest was found in my neighbor’s hanging planter on her back porch.  Read my post here.

This photo of a House Finch nest built in a wreath on the front door was sent to me by Terri from Denver.

And from Bev in Tacoma Washington, House Finches nesting in a porch light

You can see the fecal droppings accumulate around the nest as the chicks grow

This is a House Finch nest that has been parasitized by Brown-headed Cowbirds.  The cowbird eggs are the larger, brown speckled eggs.

This is another great shot from Michael Jacobson in South Carolina, of a House Finch nest with five House Finch eggs and one Brown-headed Cowbird egg. You can read about the parasitic Brown-headed Cowbird here.

Mallard Nest and Eggs

The Mallard may be the most common duck found in North America. They breed near any type of fresh water, in a variety of habitats, though may be far from water. The nest is usually in cover on the ground, among tall vegetation, grasses, bushes, etc., and on small islands. The nest is a hollow lined with plant debris, leaves, grass, etc., the lining mixed with down and feathers. Down tufts are brown with paler centers and tips. Down covers eggs before incubation and when bird is away from nest. Outside diameter of nest is 11 to 12 inches, inside diameter 6 to 7 inches and depth, 4 inches. This photo from Shelley in Texas.

Mallard Nest and Eggs

This is the female sitting in the nest.

Mallard Female on Nest

I recently got some great photos from Jami in Michigan of a Mallard nest that was very close to her front porch. This is a photo of the nest and eggs.

Mallard Eggs & Nest

And then they started to hatch…

Mallard Ducklings Hatching

are they cute or what?

Mallard Ducklings Hatching

Mallard Ducklings Hatching

American Coot Nest and Eggs

American Coot nests are built in stands of emergent vegetation along margins of ponds, lakes, larger pools, and particularly prairie potholes. Vegetated margins of swamps with some open water, canals, sewage ponds, and slower-moving rivers are also use. The nest is a bulky cup of dead leaves and stems of waterside plants, often well raised. The outside diameter of the nest is 14 to 20 inches and the inside about 7 inches. These photos were sent to me by Mark Dakin from Oregon.

American Coot Nest with Eggs

American Coot Nest with Eggs

Killdeer Nest and Eggs

This is a typical Killdeer nest and eggs.  The nest begins as a simple scrape in the ground but as laying and incubation progress, rocks, bits of shell, weed stems, or other material are added.  Killdeer commonly nest on graveled road shoulders and in parking lots as well as on flat graveled rooftops.  See my post here.

American Oystercatcher

Another bird that nests in a scape or shallow hollow is the American Oystercatcher. Richard sent me this photo of their eggs from Tampa Florida. The American Oystercatcher breeds in open sites on coastal beaches, among rocks on islands, in dunes or on shingle beds; occasionally on saltmarsh. Their nest is a shallow hollow, unlined or with pieces of dead plants, small stones, broken shells, or other debris. Often on a small mount serving as a lookout. This clutch is probably not complete as they almost always lay three eggs.

American Oystercatcher Nest and Eggs

American Woodcock Nest and Eggs

The American Woodcock breeds in woodland sites, in low shrubby cover, or tall herbage, bordering clearings, in thickets or under scrub oaks or pines, or in open woodland with dead leaf cover on the ground, usually near a moist area. This first egg photo was sent to me by Michael from Ohio.

American Woodcock egg from Michael in Ohio

These next two photos were sent to me by Debbie from Michigan. The first is the Woodcock nest with eggs and the second image is a photo of the bird incubating the eggs.

American Woodcock Eggs from Debbie in Michigan

American Woodcock On Nest from Debbie in Michigan

House Wren Nest and Eggs

The House Wren breeds over a wide range of country, from open woodland to cultivation and human settlement, wherever there is a low shrubby cover and thickets, with holes or niches for nesting. This particular bird decided to build a nest in a cardboard box in Virginia. The photos were sent to me by Linda.

House Wren Nest and Eggs from Virginia

House Wren Nest and Eggs from Virginia

This close up of House Wren eggs is from Rebecca who lives in California.

House Wren Nest and Eggs from California

Carolina Wren Nest and Eggs

Here are some photos sent to me from Katherine in Atlanta, Georgia, of a Carolina Wren nest and eggs she found in her daughter’s playset refrigerator.

Isn’t that amazing nest construction?  Look how well placed those leaves are around the perimeter.

Here is a better photo of the Carolina Wren eggs

We hope for a successful outcome with the possibility of five new Carolina Wrens for the state of Georgia!


Here is another Carolina Wren nest and eggs in a hanging basket from Judy in Texas.  Notice the typical domed style used by this species when the nest is not in a confined space like a nest box or the “refrigerator” above

Here is a shot of the eggs through the domed entrance

And a close up of the eggs where you can see what looks like a snake skin


More Carolina Wrens from Kirsten in Texas.  This nest was discovered in a folded up lawn chair.  Thanks for the great photos Kirsten!


Check out this Carolina Wren nest found by Laura in North Carolina.  It was in a sweatshirt hanging on the clothesline.

Carolina Wren


And yet another Carolina Wren nest from Fannie in Virginia. She found this nest in a feed bucket by her rabbit hutch.

And a close-up of the egg


This nest was found in a BBQ in Florida

Carolina Wren Nest and Eggs in BBQ


And another photo of the Carolina Wren eggs…

Carolina Wren Nest and Eggs

and Momma Wren sitting in the nest!

Carolina Wren Fmale in Nest


This is a photo from Ann in Texas of four Carolina Wren chicks three or four days old.

Baby Carolina Wrens, three or four days old

Carolina Wren nests are typically 6 feet or less off the ground. They are often bulky and constructed loosely of bark strips, dried grasses, dead leaves, oak catkins, sticks, pine needles, mosses, hair, feathers, light straw, wool clumps, shed snake skin, paper, plastic, and string.

Marsh Wren Male Building Nest

This is a photo of a male Marsh Wren building a nest at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge. You can see the full sequence of photos and watch a video I filmed on my post here. You can see the eggs here.

Marsh Wren Male Building Nest

Cactus Wren Nest

The Cactus Wren breeds in arid regions with low scrub growth and cacti. The nest is a bulky conspicuous mass on a cholla cactus, in a low twiggy tree or shrub, often thorny, or on top of a yucca; occasionally  in buildings. It is a large domed structure about 12 inches in diameter. This photo was sent to me by a reader in Texas.

Cactus Wren Nest

Northern Cardinal Nest, Eggs and Nestlings

These photos of the Northern Cardinal nest, eggs and nestlings  were sent to me by one of my readers, Cindy Griffin.  You can visit her Flickr page here.

The nest not attached to the substrate; it is wedged into position. The bowl-shaped structure is composed of 4 layers: a rough outer material, leafy mat, grapevine bark, and grassy lining.  It may contain weed stems, pliable twigs, strips of bark, grasses, vines, rootlets, leaves, and pine needles. Paper and plastic are common in the outer cup as seen in this nest.

Here you can see the pine straw making up the inner cup

And two healthy newborn nestlings!


Carmen sent me photos of this Northern Cardinal nest in Texas which has been parasitized by a Bronzed Cowbird. The Bronzed Cowbird egg is the light blue, unmarked egg in the nest.

These are the chicks shortly after hatching, hard to tell one species from the other

As the chicks get older, you can begin to see the difference

The Northern Cardinals have the brown plumage (in the foreground) and the Bronzed Cowbird has the darker feathering coming in and has its eyes open.

Indigo Bunting Nest and Eggs

These excellent photos were sent to me by Jacinda from Ohio. The Indigo Bunting breeds in scrub, on forest edges and clearings, and in hedgerows and orchards. The nest is in a shrub, low bush, tree sapling, vine tangle, or on tall weeds; usually in a twig fork 5 to 15 feet up, sometimes lower.

Indigo Bunting Nest with Eggs

This is what the nest looks like among the corn stalks.

Indigo Bunting Nest

Indigo Bunting Nest

Eastern Meadowlark Nest and Eggs

The Eastern Meadowlark breeds in open grassland, meadows and pastures, and in similar low herbage such as clover, alfalfa, or young corn. Their nest is on the ground in growing herbage, concealed by a domed top and overhanging grasses. This nest photo was sent to me by Josh from Rochester New York. You can see a photo of the eggs here.

Eastern Meadowlark Nest from Rochester, NY

Western Meadowlark Nest and Eggs

The Western Meadowlark makes a similar nest to its Eastern cousin. These photographs were taken by Jennifer in California.

Western Meadowlark California

Western Meadowlark California

Brown Thrasher Nest, Eggs and Chicks

This is a Brown Thrasher sitting in her nest from Mike Whalen

Brown Thrashers nest very low in a shrub or bush, near the ground , or on the ground under a bush, shrub or small tree. Rarely more than 7 feet up, usually under 3 feet. The nest is a cup with a loose outer layer of twigs, then dead leaves, bark, small twigs, and grass stems, lined with rootlets or fine grasses.

The chicks have dark pinkish-flesh colored skin. Their down is dark gray on their head, back, wings and thighs. Their mouth is creamy yellow, orange towards the throat and their gape flanges are white.

Northern Mockingbird Nest and Eggs

Daryl’s tractor quit on him in the field last November and when the weather got good enough for him to check it out, he found this Northern Mockingbird nest had been built in the fan shroud.

This Northern Mockingbird nest was discovered by Kim in Orlando Florida, in the crotch of a pear tree.

California Thrasher Nest and Eggs

The California Thrasher breeds in chaparral, scrub of lower moutain slopes, and along watercourses. They nest in a low tree or shrub, usually 2 to 4 feet up, but occasionally up to 9 feet. his bird was nesting in a friend’s yard.

California Thrasher In Nest

California Thrasher Eggs

Curve-billed Thrasher Nest and Eggs

The Curve-billed Thrasher breeds in arid places with sparse scrub growth and cacti, open areas in chaparral with prickly pears, and around settlements in arid areas. They frequently nest in cholla cactus, 3 to 5 feet up, or in low trees where they may nest up to 12 feet. These photos were sent to me by Kayla from Arizona.

Curve-billed Thrasher Nest Arizona

Curve-billed Thrasher Nest Arizona

European Starling Nest and Eggs

The European Starling is an introduced species from Europe that breeds in a range of habitats where cavities occur near open areas of herbage. These photos of their nest and eggs was sent to me from Dick and Joan in Tennessee. They found the nest in their barbeque when they opened it up for the first time to use it in the Spring. You can see a post I wrote on this ubiquitous bird which includes a magnificent video of a murmuration of Starlings.

European Starling Nest and Eggs from Tennessee

European Starling Nest and Eggs from Tennessee

Cordilleran Flycatcher Nest and Eggs

This uncommon Western Empidonax Flycatcher breeds in shaded woodlands in foothills and on lower mountain slopes, usually near streams or moist ravines. They nest in a sapling or shrub, in a cavity in a tree trunk, a crevice or cavity in a rock face, a mine shaft, or on a ledge, on a a stump, or among tree roots by a stream, in or under low banks of streams, or on ledges or in crevices of buildings. This photo was sent to me from Steve in Telluride Colorado.

Cordilleran Flycatcher Nest and Eggs

The nest is a cup of green moss with a lining of finer materials and hair. Sometimes it includes bark strips, fine rootlets, and dead leaves with a fine lining. Isn’t that a cool nest?

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Nest and Eggs

This beautiful Flycatcher breeds regularly from southeastern Colorado, southeastern New Mexico, south Nebraska, southwestern Missouri, western Arkansas, and western Louisiana south through southern Texas.  This is a photo of the eggs and nest from Michael in Texas.

And more great photos of the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher from Denise in Oklahoma City

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Eggs

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher chicks in Nest

Eastern Kingbird Nest and Eggs

These photos from Jodie in New York shows the diversity of nests built by Eastern Kingbirds.  This one built in a roll of rope on top of a slide.

Black-throated Sparrow Nest and Eggs

This photo of the Black-throated Sparrow nest and eggs was sent to me by Maria from Nevada. This beautiful sparrow breeds in arid or desert areas with sparse cover of shrubs or cactus. They nest low in a small bush or cactus from 6 to 18 inches up, in a fork. The nest is a cup of fibers, blades and stems of grasses, weed stems and small twigs; lined with fur, hair, wool, fine grasses, and plant down, usually pale in color.

Black-throated Sparrow Nest and Eggs

Chipping Sparrow Nest and Eggs

Chipping Sparrows breed in open woodland, on woodland edge and in clearings in parkland, cultivation with trees and in gardens. Their nest is in a tree, usually in a conifer, a shrub or a vine, occasionally in other sites, from 3 to 60 feet up but mostly between 3 and 20 feet up. This nest was found by Sasha’s three year old son in a gooseberry bush in Nebraska. You will note that there is a Brown-headed Cowbird egg in the nest with the three sparrow eggs.

Chipping Sparrow Nest & Eggs

Savannah Sparrow Nest and Eggs

The Savannah Sparrow breeds in open areas with grass or short vegetation, including meadows, dunes, tundra, sedge, bogs, prairie, salt marsh, and grass islands. They nest on the ground, sunk in a small hollow and usually concealed by a tuft of vegetation overhanging it. This photo submitted by Don from Point Reyes California.

Savannah Sparrow Nest and Eggs

Song Sparrow Nest and Eggs

The Song Sparrow breeds in low shrubby growth and thickets in a variety of habitats, but most often in moist or swampy places. Earlier nests are mostly on the ground under a tuft of grass or weed clumps. Later nests often in shrubs or trees, usually up to 4 feet.

Song Sparrow Nest and Eggs

White-crowned Sparrow Nest and Eggs

The White-crowned Sparrow breeds in open, stunted woodland and scrub in the north, similar habitat on western mountains and in cleared, cultivated, or burnt-over areas in forest.  The nest is on the ground, partly concealed in moss and low shrubby growth, or in or under a grass tuft or fern, orat the base of a shrub. They can also be a few feet above the ground in a bush or low tree branch, exceptionally mush higher. These were sent to me by Danielle from Washington.

White-crowned Sparrow Nest and Eggs

White-crowned Sparrow Nestling

White-crowned Sparrow Nestling

Dark-eyed Junco Nest and Eggs

Dark-eyed Juncos nests are rarely higher than 8 feet up. They nest in open woodland and forest edge. The nest is on the ground among tree roots or partly hidden by brushwood, stump or rock. They will also nest in low shrubs or on conifer branches. This photo was sent to me by Shawn and Kelly Benshoof.

Hooded Oriole Nest

This is a Hooded Oriole Nest attached to the underside of a giant Bird of Paradise leaf, submitted by Chris in Carlsbad California.

Orchard Oriole

This is a photo sent in by Wendy from Averill Park New York of an Orchard Oriole nest

Bullock’s Oriole Nest

Bullock’s Oriole nests are suspended in a twig fork or often on an ascending branch. They are a pensile pouch of long plant fibers, flax, juniper or willow bark woven into a deep cup, lined with hair, plant down, wool, fine grasses, and moss. This photo sent to me by Susan from Denver, Colorado.

This is one I found in Redding, California with a chick in it!

Red-eyed Vireo Nest

Dalila submitted these great photos of a Red-eyed Vireo nest from southern Ontario, Canada.  You can see the original photos on her blog here.


The Red-eyed Vireo breeds in deciduous woodland with dense undergrowth, or scattered groups of trees in open or cultivated areas. The nest is suspended in a horizontal fork, usually of a shrub or low tree branch, 5 to 10 feet up. Another Red-eyed Vireo nest with eggs sent to me from Brigitte in New Hampshire showing nice photos of the eggs.

Red-eyed Vireo Nest

The two larger eggs with more spots belong to the Brown-headed Cowbird, a brood parasite that lays her eggs in the nest of a host species that will raise her chicks for her. The single smaller egg with fewer spots belongs to the Red-eyed Vireo.

Red-eyed Vireo Eggs

Red-eyed Vireo Eggs in Nest

American Redstart Nest with Eggs

American Redstart nests are usually surrounded by foliage within well-vegetated sites, usually against the main trunk of a live tree or in leafy woody shrubs, essentially always supported by at least 3 more-or-less vertical stems for attachment of nest material. The nest is a firm compact cup of grasses, bark fibers and strips, small rootlets and vine tendrils; bound with spider’s webs and ornamented externally with lichen flakes, birch bark, seed heads and plant down; lined with fine grasses, plant and bark fibers, and often hair. These photos were sent to me by a reader from Massachusetts.

American Redstart Female in Nest

The large bluish egg with brown specs belongs to the Brown-headed Cowbird

American Redstart Nest with Eggs

California Quail Eggs and Nest

This photo was sent to me by my friend Amber Galusha.  They are California Quail eggs found right next to her driveway.  You can see the full story on her blog.

Gambel’s Quail Eggs and Nest

Gambel’s Quail breed in arid desert scrub. Their nest is a shallow scrape on the ground at the base of the trunk of a small tree or shrub, under a low shrub or fallen branches, or sheltered and shaded by a tall tuft if herbage. This photo was sent to me from Scottsdale Arizona from Nancy’s yard.

Gambrel's Quail Eggs and Nest

and a photo from Jonas

Gambrel's Quail Nest with Eggs

This excellent photo from Savannah in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, shows the rare unmarked eggs that Gambrel’s Quail can produce.


Barn Swallow Nest and Eggs

The Barn Swallow nest is an open shallow cup of mud pellets mixed with vegetable fibers and plant fragments, usually stuck against a vertical surface, often found on upper ledges of rafters in buildings. They are sparsley lined with feathers. These photos were sent to me by Sonja.

Claire sent me some more great photos of a Barn Swallow nest with close up shots of the eggs.

Barn Swallow Nest with Eggs

Barn Swallow Nest with Eggs

Here is another excellent example of the Barn Swallow nest and eggs sent from Tennessee by Joseph.

Barn Swallow Nest and Eggs

Black Phoebe Building a Nest

The Black Phoebe cements its nest to the vertical surface of a wall with mud. They are usually three to ten feet off the ground and the top of the nest is normally between 1 to 2 3/4 inches from the ceiling of the structure being used. You will notice mud on the walls of the building in these photos. The female flutters near or clings to the wall and places or flings mud pellets onto the vertical surface, forming a horizontal line or shallow upward arc. She builds the base of the nest out from the wall into a platform, then builds the nest cup up from the platform and lines the nest. Thanks go to Michelle from California for these photos.

Black Phoebe Building Nest

Black Phoebe at Nest

Eastern Phoebe Nest and Eggs

Eastern Phoebes usually breed around farms and other buildings. More often on a ledge, rafter or raised site with some overhanging protection, in or on a building, under a bridge, or in any niche of this kind. Their nest is a cup of mud pellets mixed with moss, dry grass, fibers or weeds, and vine stems; lined with fine fibers, rootlets and hair. This photo comes to me from Aimme.

Eastern Phoebe Eggs and Nest

Here are some more shots of an Eastern Phoebe nest with eggs from Kim in Michigan.

Eastern Phoebe Nest with Eggs

Eastern Phoebe Nest with Eggs

And another from Stephen in Indiana showing the nestlings!

Eastern Phoebe chicks In Nest

Cliff Swallow Nests

Cliff Swallows breed in places where rock outcrops, cliff faces or buildings provide sites. The nest is a rounded mud structure fixed to a vertical surface protected by an overhang. They usually nest in large colonies.

Northern Rough-winged Swallow Nest with Eggs

The Northern Rough-winged Swallow usually nest in a burrow dug in a steep-faced earth, sand or gravel bank. Burrows are of variable length and old Kingfisher burrows are also used. They will also use crevices and holes in buildings and man-made structures, drainpipes and even dryer vents like this nest sent to me by Kelly Bannister. Their nest is an accumulation of grasses, weeds and loose plant material with a cup lined with fine grasses and rootlets.

Violet-green Swallow Nest and Eggs

The Violet-green Swallows nest in a crevice or hole in a cliff surface or rock outcrop, in a natural cavity in a tree or in a man-made nest box. Their nest is an accumulation of dry grasses with a cup lined with feathers and sometimes hair or fine fibers.

Violet-green Swallow Eggs in Nest

Black-billed Magpie Nest

These photos of a Black-billed Magpie nest were taken by Laura Young near Banner Wyoming. These huge stick dome nests are built around a mud bowl and lined with grass, rootlets and horse hair.

You can see the mud used to anchor the platform in this photo

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Nest and Eggs

The Blue-gray Gnatcatcher usually nest in a tree or shrub, saddling a branch or in a fork. This one sent to me by Dan From Missouri was nesting on a grape vine in his vineyard. Their nests are a deep, rounded cup, neat and compact, narrowing slightly at the rim. Made of plant down, bark and plant fibers, fine grasses, catkins, feathers, and hair; bound together and to the support by spider’s webs; the outside covered with lichen flakes; and lined with plant down and feathers. They are usually built saddling a limb or fork. Saddled nests are often built against a twig or side branch, also around twig or knot for support; often screened above by foliage with high leaf density immediately surrounding the nest.

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Nest

They usually lay 4 to 5 very pale to pale blue eggs, speckled, spotted or blotched with chestnut-red, purplish-red, or reddish-brown and paler purple.

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Nest with Eggs

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Nest

Common Nighthawk Nest and Egg

The Common Nighthawk breeds in open areas, forest clearings, cultivation, barren rock, gravel or beaches. They nest on the bare ground and frequently on the flat graveled roofs of buildings. This bird is nesting in the parking lot of Roger McCollum’s  business in Alabama! He has placed cones around the female who is sitting on the nest in this photo he sent me.

Here’s a nice close up of her

They usually lay two eggs but so far Roger has seen only this one.

Common Nighthawks rely on their camouflaged plumage to evade predation but if a predator gets too close they will react and may actually flush from their nest.

Roger has posted his Common Nighthawk story on his Facebook page.

For an in depth look at bird eggs there is a great resource at The Royal Albert Museum .

Lindsey March 11, 2011 at 11:54 am

I have a dozen birdhouses on tree trunks that get heavily used by house wrens, western blue birds, and swallows. 2 years ago I noticed chipmunks were robbing their eggs so I put up metal flashing around the tree trunk. It appears the chipmunks now cannot thieve. But when I cleaned out the houses this week I noticed none had any egg shells in the nests. Does that mean we had no successful hatches? I swear I’ve heard babies peeping. Do mama birds take out egg shells or eat them?

Larry March 11, 2011 at 6:53 pm

@Michaele these sound like Bullock’s Oriole nests to me. Several pair may build nests in close proximity to one another. Check out my post on these beautiful birds here.

@Lindsey most cavity nesting birds eat and/or remove the egg shells from the birdhouse. They also remove the fecal sacs up until the very end so the nest stays pretty clean.

Kristen April 2, 2011 at 9:19 am

I have a nest with 4 eggs in a hanging plant on my front porch. The nest looks to be made of dead grass with some kind of plush materail that looks like stuffing mixed in. The eggs are not as dark blue as the robin egg but they are darker than the house finch egg. They also have little small darker colored, possibly dark blue, spots all over them like the house finch does. I can not find a pic that looks like them anywhere. Can you help me with id’ing them please? Thanks in advance for any help.

Izzy xx April 8, 2011 at 11:10 am

Hey, I found this odd nest in my garden. It was a hollow nest with a tiny hole in it just big enough for the bird to fit through. I opened it (I know I shouldn’t have but I couldn’t resist). I tipped it up and about eight light pink eggs with faded brown speckles on fell out. Absolutely tiny, about as big as a 5p coin. I’ve kept 2 because all the others were smashed. Also in the nest was tons and tons of feathers. I would really appreciate it if someone could tell me what sort of bird they were. Thanks. P.S: I live in Suffolk, Bury St Edmunds.

Larry April 8, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Hey Izzy, what are you daft? You should NEVER disturb a nest anytime during the nesting season. The U.S. and several other countries (including Britain I believe) have a law known as the Migratory Bird Treaty Act that protects bird nests and eggs.

Please do not disturb birds nests unless you KNOW they are not being used, which is probably hardly ever, and NEVER during the breeding season.

I’m afraid I don’t know enough about UK birds and their nests to offer you any help with your identification.

Cathy April 14, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Today I found an egg that had fallen out of the nest. It is about as long as my thumb, completely white and oval shaped. My questions are, what kind of a bird and should I incubate and raise the bird? I live in Middle TN. I feel like I shouldn’t have picked up the egg, but it is still a life.

Larry April 17, 2011 at 6:11 am

@Cathy regarding your question on incubating and hatching the egg you found, my advice is to not even try. It is practically impossible to hatch and rear a wild bird from an egg. Even if you could keep the egg at the correct temperature and humidity to hatch it, the bird won’t be able to survive without its parents teaching it how to find food and escape predators. My advice in these situations is to simply let nature take its course.

One thing you may do if you find an egg that you know has fallen out of a nest, in other words, it is laying under a nest that you can see above where the egg is found, you can attempt to put it back in the nest. Birds other than some vultures, have no sense of smell, so you can place the egg back into the nest to allow it a chance of hatching, making sure, or course, that it looks like the other eggs in the nest.

Anthony April 17, 2011 at 11:07 am

Hey, I was In some creek or man made ditch or something, with a tunnel, shallow water, and inside there are these mud nests, they looked like little cottages! With the door way shaped like a tunnel big enough for the bird to get through, one nest I can see the eggs, there like a light green with brown specks. The nests are amazing! There were multiple nests stuck together it looked like on colossal nest but I saw the little tunnel doorways. I haven’t heard any babies winging or chirping, the eggs are about the length of a nickel, but oval shaped, there was 2 or 3 in each nest (I was only able to peak in a few)

Tony April 17, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Found a small nest in my bush next to my front door while trimming the bushes. Has 4 small light blue eggs with brown specs/blotches on it. Haven’t seen any birds around the nest all day but not gonna touch it just trying to figure out what type of bird it may be. Nest is made of mostly pine straw but also has man made material woven in it (polyester fibers like you might find in a jacket and maybe some cotton). Took a couple pictures of the eggs if there is anyway I can post them. Eggs the size of a grape tomato.

Larry April 17, 2011 at 3:16 pm

@Anthony those are Cliff Swallows. Check out my post here

Larry April 17, 2011 at 3:37 pm

@Tony that could be a Northern Mockingbird but not knowing where you live or the size of the nest I can’t be sure. You can send me an email with photos attached

Anthony April 17, 2011 at 8:19 pm

The nest look similar, but those aren’t the birds, they were a dark color, as the eggs were a blue green, with brown dots, mostly near the largest part of the egg, it was in Gridley, Ca near Sacramento, and Chico, but this area doesn’t have large buildings like sacramento, though the nests were right under a freeway.

Jordan April 18, 2011 at 4:38 pm

There is a tiny gray bird that is building a nest in one of our coastal redwood trees.The nest is made up of spider webs,grass,and the like.The nest is hanging from a branch and is similar to an orioles nest.Could someone please help?

Larry April 18, 2011 at 8:04 pm

@Jordan it sounds like a Bushtit nest but without more information it’s hard to say. Check out this post on Bushtits

Amber Mill April 21, 2011 at 2:30 pm

I have a nest in the bush right next to my front door.2 of the eggs have dark brown speckles all over the egg but the other 6 eggs are white with light brown speckles concentrated at the bottom of the egg. I have watched the nest for 4 days for 2 days there were only the 6 eggs and I never saw the mother but today I looked at the nest and the other two eggs are there. I saw the mother and it looked like a house sparrow. Is it possible that she took over the nest but kept the other 6 eggs?

Amber Mill April 21, 2011 at 2:32 pm

I live in Charlotte, North Carolina

Larry April 21, 2011 at 9:27 pm

@Amber house sparrow eggs are usually a darker background (green or grayish) with dark speckles all over. It sounds like you have a song bird nest that has been parasitized by a Brown-headed Cowbird. Cowbirds lay their eggs in other bird’s nests so the host bird feeds and raises them. If the two eggs with dark brown speckles are larger than the other four eggs in the nest, they are most likely Brown-headed Cowbird eggs.

I’m not sure what bird is nesting there but if you could send me a photo that would be great.

kevin April 22, 2011 at 3:05 am

Near Deer River Mn. Large stick nest 65 feet up in a large red pine. Found in upland conifer forest. I would guess nest is 18 inches in diameter. Lots of white splash beneath the nest. Not big enough for eagle nest.

Larry April 22, 2011 at 7:02 pm

@Kevin this sounds like a small hawk nest to me. Most raptors and their nestlings defacate over the side of the nest to keep the nest clean and that sized nest, around 18 inches, could be a Red-shouldered Hawk or a Broad-winged Hawk.

Kim April 25, 2011 at 4:53 pm

I found a blue uncracked egg in the raingutter beside the house. It was laying in just a little bit of water, but extraordinarily cold. There was a small tree beside it with a small empty nest. It was the most logical place it could have fallen from and since it was empty, I placed the egg there. My question is does this little egg stand a chance?

violet cox April 28, 2011 at 6:06 am

do two mother birds lay in the same nest

K & J May 6, 2011 at 1:40 pm

We live in central CT, we found first (1) egg (quarter size, cream/white) just laying on our mulch (no nest) between the foundation and small shrubs. the area is rather open. About week later, a second egg (same size, shape, color) has appeared next to the first egg. Any idea what this could be?

Krish May 6, 2011 at 9:47 pm

I live in Kansas city suburb and found a nest on the ground in one corner of my house. It has six eggs almost identical size to white chicken eggs. There is no adult bird around I see. Not sure if they visit at night? Could it be turtle / big snake? Its been three days. There is no creeks or waterholes near by my house. Larry, could you please help identify it?

Krish May 9, 2011 at 11:26 am

It turned out to be mallard duck eggs. The mami duck came back and attending to the eggs :) My kids are hopeful of seeing the ducklings in another 28days.

Brianna May 18, 2011 at 2:02 pm

I have been thinking about birds a lot recently and feeling nostalgia for my old parakeets. Then one day I went to get the mail and there, with the mail,was a stick with dead leaves in the box. I almost tossed it out, when I noticed that it was a little birds nest! The nest was empty, but the next day I saw an egg, then the next evening I finally saw the mama, but I tried not to linger so I wouldn’t bother her. Now today I have discovered another egg! I am so happy, what a wonderful place to have a nest! I tried to get a picture with a dime, but it proved too difficult without disturbing the nest. The eggs are about the size of a dime on the rounded part, then a little extra to make the oval shape. The eggs are a light cream color with brown splatter spots. The nest is made up of dry leaves, grass, pine needles,hair and twigs. The opening is about 2″ and 3″ deep, and the whole nest is about 7″ in diameter. It is hard to tell because the mailbox is kind of an awkward space. I live in Houston, Tx and the mailbox is shaded under our front porch. I am thinking it may be a house sparrow now that I am reading about them. I am not sure how to submit a picture although photo quality is not so great. I took the pic with my phone because I cant seem to find my memory card. Let me know, much appreciated.

brandy May 19, 2011 at 4:34 am

my friend moved a nest of nest by mistake. the nest has 5 eggs in it they are white with brown spot all over them the size of them is about the size of a quter.the nest is made up of green weeds and a little of fur .will a diffent bird take over the nest if not what can i do to make them be ok they look like the picture of the of ash-throated flycatcher or new carolina i live in mississippi right to louisana and what kind of bird is they

Brenda May 20, 2011 at 7:36 am

Two weeks ago I found a small nest outside my front door in a tall spruce shrub. There were 4 small blue eggs w/ brown specks. The mother is similar to a sparrow. Two days ago the eggs hatched and the mother was going in and out of nest, but last evening we were gone a couple hours and on returning I saw the mother on the ground near the bush and three of the babies were there on the ground. My husband picked up the babies and put back in the nest. The mother came back searching on the ground and about five minutes later found them in the nest. She and the father keep going to the nest and this a.m. the babies look fine and the mother is attending to them. My question is: what kind of bird and what would have caused the babies to be out of the nest on the ground? Any info would be appreciated.

John May 21, 2011 at 3:43 pm

I live in Arlington, Texas and have a small nest in a hanging fern on our back porch. There are 3 white eggs about the size of a jelly bean and 4 more eggs that are brown specked and are a little larger than the white eggs. Any ideas of what kind of bird has laid these and do you think there are two different species laying these eggs?

AMY May 23, 2011 at 11:51 am

I live in Northwestern Louisiana. However, we had a dozer delivered by truck from Southwest Arkansas. In the side box of the dozer is a nest about 6.5 ” tall and 9″long. There are 5 small (about penny size diameter) eggs. They are white/cream colored with brownish/red spots. The spots do not cover the entire egg. The nest was made of pinestraw/moss/sticks and leaves. It is very well constructed. What should I do? I had to remove the nest from the dozer.

Don May 25, 2011 at 1:04 pm

My son found a tiny, rather pointed, blue-green egg with light and dark brown speckles on the larger end at the edge of our driveway in northwestern Illinois. I have a photo of it next to a dime and penny. My guess is it’s a Chipping Sparrow’s egg, but I’d like another opinion. They are the only birds I regularly see hunting at the edge of our drive.

Dianne May 30, 2011 at 12:01 pm

We have a nest in a planter on the patio. There are two varieties of eggs. One are about quarter size or a bit smaller and baby blue-the other is about 2/3 that size and are brown, with a pattern or beige. The later does not appear to be what I recall a common sparrow egg. One bird that site nest is a wren type about the size of a sparrow with a turned up tail and a longer beak. the other that I have not seen, but someone else had seen is a small dark bird almost black. Is it possible that they are sharing the nest intentionally or what is the deal. I have never seen anything like this. We are in Brownsville Texas, which is about as far south as one can get in the USA. We have alot of migratory birds in the spring, but many have already left our 100 degree weather. Anybody have any ideas?

buckyrukus May 30, 2011 at 2:40 pm

i found 5 eggs that are cream color with dr. brown spots size little smaller than half doller coin ,in ground planter pot do not know what are they i am 10 years old i realy want to know i live in tuc. az

Janet May 31, 2011 at 8:04 am

We have a large, thick mass of grape vines growing in a tunnel arbor type frame with a tiny bird nest on top. It is about 3″ in diameter and comprised of dried grass and weeds on the outside and a thick cush of horsehair on the inside. Almost baby buggy shaped as one side of the horse hair clump was nearly domed but not so much as to look totally constructed. 4 eggs inside that are light brown/tan with dark brown blotches – robin egg sized/shape but different color. We are located in Northern Michigan. Any ideas as to species? Not sure I can get a photo in that dark mangled area but I can try if need-be. I’m also quite concerned as we are experiencing very high winds and a strong storm coming. Is there anything I can do to prevent the tipping of the nest as this nest is not secured to anything under it, it’s just sitting there and so tiny with no mud, etc as heavier glue. Just light weeds. I don’t want to tamper too much but if there’s something I could do safely…

Janet May 31, 2011 at 8:07 am

PS… our property is in a secluded, heavily wooded area. The nest is situated near our mini-horses paddock on the edge of dense woods (hardwood and pine).

samm May 31, 2011 at 10:49 am

i found a very small nest in my laundry room between a couple boxes 3 feet off ground its shaped like a wreath its entrance is tiny ther r 4 eggs jellybean sized oval white with brownish-red speckles n blotches more on the larger end in brooksville, fl any help is appreciated just wondering what type they r if u email me i can send pics

samm May 31, 2011 at 11:01 am

the nest looks likethe house sparrow the eggs look just like the carolina wren both seem smaller though

samm May 31, 2011 at 2:07 pm

i just saw one of the parents and i think it is a grasshopper sparrow

Mary June 1, 2011 at 5:21 pm

I live in southeastern PA and when I was weeding a large bird which was aprox 18″ away from me flew out of a nest which was on the ground in thick undergrowth. The nest was built predominantly of what looks like fur, perhaps from a rabbit. There are 11 eggs which are comparable in size to hen eggs. I did not touch the nest but watched it daily & the nesting bird never returned. After 3-4 weeks I cracked an egg which appeared to be unfertilized. What bird fits this description? I was thinking grouse…does that fit the profile?
Mary´s last post ..By- Don

Ann Breed July 1, 2011 at 10:04 am

We have a Carolina wren nest in a flower pot on our front porch in San Antonio, TX. The nest is about knee high. The wren has laid 4 eggs in the nest and now another unknown bird has laid one egg – a soft blue, about the size of a nickle – in the nest with the wren eggs. Do you have any idea what the other bird might have been?
Thank you. Ann Breed

Larry July 1, 2011 at 10:37 pm

@Ann my guess would be the Brown-headed Cowbird. A parasitic bird that lays its eggs in another bird’s nest so that the host species raises their young for them. You can read more about the Brown-headed Cowbird here:

Their eggs vary a lot but are always speckled.

maddy July 5, 2011 at 9:34 am

I found an egg by itself in my garden today, i was transplanting perrenials from a friend from sutton ontario canada, i think that the egg was dug up with the perrenials and managed to survive the transplant unscathed it is about three times the size of a quarter and is parchment coloured with faint brown speckles, I was hoping that you would know what sort of bird it is (i am assuming it is a bird as it i an elongated spherical shape with a pointed end) if you had any ideas on what type of bird that would be great, madd

Larry July 5, 2011 at 6:17 pm

@Maddy that’s a pretty big egg! It sounds like a Wild Turkey egg to me.

Lee July 26, 2011 at 5:26 am

I was excited to stumble upon this website- I watched 4 robins from the time their eggs were hatched to the day they flew from the nest. About 3 wks later one of the babies came back to use the nest for her babies. She had 3 babies when my son called about a swallow he had found that fell out of its muddy nest attached 15 ft above. He asked if I minded him bringing it to join the robins? Why not? So, 1 1/2 wks ago, 3 became 4. One wk after 1 of the robins was found on the ground and did not make it. The nest is below a deck that I can see from my recliner and keep an eye on all the time! Now, they are about to leave the nest. The interesting thing is to watch 2 robins feeding! The mother of those in the nest, and the Grandma of them. They are both up at the nest at the same time often. My little chipmunk also got into the feeding. He ran down from his rocky home and laid something on the ground a foot from the Grandma, who picked it up and went to the roof to pound her beak with the “prize” in it. Nature at its finest! I was worried the robin would not accept another breed, but those worries subsided immediately and I am thoroughly enjoying seeing the head that raises about 1″ above the rest!

Gloria July 30, 2011 at 3:44 pm

I found a nest a month ago that looks abandoned, thinking it’s a Carolina Wren since it’s made of pine straw , twigs,and plastic on top of our storage cabinet wedged between two empty gas containers but my dad said he heard noises from it just now, but the nest is on a side view and the hole to too small to peer into to see if anything is in there

Emily November 22, 2011 at 7:20 pm

I just found a very small egg that I couldn’t identify. It was in a box in my shed… It was just one and some website suggestions would help

Larry November 26, 2011 at 6:29 am

@Emily there are many species of birds that nest around human habitation. I need to know what the egg looks like, color, size, etc., a photo would be nice, where you live and what type of habitat surrounds your house. I have sent you a separate email.

Linda February 25, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Hi Larry ! I just sent you an email via my cell phone in regard to this really bright dark green bird egg I found in my back yard. I’ve never seen a bird egg this color EVER…it was brilliant, really ! I forgot to mention to you that, although VERY muted, almost non visable, were a few tiny yellow streaks within that brilliant dark green…..but like I mentioned, BARELY visable….Thank you for your help. I need to check my bird book to see if I see that egg in there.

Linda February 25, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Larry…..PS….forgot to say that the color is NOT AT ALL ANY shade of any kind of blue…no where near a turquoise or aqua…this is like a traffic light green, only darker.

Geoff Clarke March 15, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Great article. I was particularly interested to see the photo of the ruby-throated hummingbird nest, with eggs, as I ‘ve never seen one before. Thanks for sharing.
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Marian J. Cohen March 23, 2012 at 8:19 am

Help! Small gray bird nesting on my porch light was lying dead on porch this morning about 4 – 5 feet from nest. There are 5 small very pale blue eggs in nest. This is the 5th year we’ve hosted a “family” but all have ended happily ’til now. Is there a chance another bird might adopt the eggs? I took photos for you and was gently scolded by female cardinal (maybe?) who bravely recommended I leave – so I did. awill assume ey are in the morning sun

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