Monday, June 29, 2009

bird update

here is a better picture of the bird's nest. you can tell there are definitely 5 eggs, 2 are blue with brown speckles and 3 are more white. and it isn't just the way the camera took the pic. That is how they look. I don't know why they are not all the same. I hope they are all hers. there are birds that go around indiscriminately laying eggs in others nests. and not having to take the time to raise their young.
I know that Orioles like fruit and I do have a couple of oranges so will find a board with a nail in it tomorrow that will sit on the LP tanks behind the tree and put a piece of orange on it for her.
if anyone knows anything about birds, your comments would be appreciated.
I won't be taking any more pictures until the babies hatch. I don't want to disturb mama too much.


  1. I have an oriole nest that I found in Iowa that has been a treasured piece of found art for the past ten years. Although it was abandoned on the ground, I found the artistry of the construction fasninating enough to cart home.

    I don't know anything about their eggs or possible color variations but we used to have the baby orioles in our yard in Dalton and they were the oddest color.

    It will be so interesting to watch the progression of your bird family! Thanks for sharing this story.


  2. Now that is fascinating. The eggs are beautiful. Does the nest hang like a pouch? I have never seen an oriole's nest before. As a matter of fact, I'm not even sure we have them in Michigan. Please keep updating. I'm off to research if we have orioles here.

  3. Hi Marybeth, I will keep you posted on the progress. This morning I put out a piece of orange on the LP tanks behind the nest.

    HI Sherry, I am excited too, this is the first time I have been able to watch a birds nest like this.

    Hi Steph, yes, it does hang down like a pouch. The pictures in the post just before don't give a really good idea, but the nest is suspended from the fork of the branches.

  4. Brownheaded cow birds often lay they're speckled eggs in the nests of other birds. The 2 speckled eggs at the bottom look like cowbird eggs while the top 3 look like Baltimore oriole eggs. I'm not sure about other spiecies that might also lay their eggs in another bird's nest in your neck of the woods. I'm only familiar with the Ontario birds.

  5. Hi Sharon, that is what I am worried about, since I don't know that much about birds, I wasn't sure. there is a baby that has hatched now this evening. wish I know more about them.
    I don't know if I will get the picture posted yet this evening, will see how much time I have.
    Thanks for the information


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