Mother birds are a symbol of motherhood and parenting. This Mother’s Day go on a nest quest to find the unique nests mama birds have prepared for their young.

Let’s Get Started

Good Job!

Good Job!

SEARCH:

First, look for different types of birds and quietly observe them. Are they gathering grass and twigs for their nests, or looking for food? Are they flying back to a particular tree or bush?

Amazing!

Amazing!

COUNT:

See how many different types of birds, nests, and if you’re lucky, eggs you can find while on your nest quest.

Good Job!

Good Job!

LOCATE:

Different types of birds build nests in different areas. Some birds like pigeons create very loose nests on the ground. Others, like Robins, take their time building sturdy comfy nests that can be found in trees, gutters, and even windowsills. “Weaver birds” like orioles construct elaborate nests

Amazing!

Amazing!

IDENTIFY:

If you find a nest, note in your Nature Notebook where it is, if there were any eggs, the color of the eggs, and what the nest was made of. This will help you figure out what kind of bird made the nest.

Awesome!

Awesome!

LISTEN:

Always observe wildlife quietly. If you listen carefully, you will hear the calls of different birds and may even hear chirps from their babies  too!

Document Your Discoveries

Baltimore Oriole in its nest.
Photo: danlogan
  1. Draw or describe your nest in your Nature Notebook.
  2. What kind of bird nests did you see on your nest quest?
  3. Glue some nesting materials like twigs and grass to your Nature Notebook.

Bonus: Now that you’re a nest-finding expert, provide nesting materials and other gifts for birds in your neighborhood. Get more tips with Backyard Gifts for Birds.

 

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