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Blue-gray Gnatcatcher nest

Polioptila caerulea


"Open cup with high walls, made of spider webbing or caterpillar silk, covered with lichens or bark flakes. Lined with grass stems, bark strips, plant down, hair, feathers, or other fine fibers." Source Credit: "All About Birds," Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Photo 3 of 3 is cropped to show the host tree was one likely source of materials used to cover the nest. Related Resource: "Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (male)"


Huntley Meadows Park, a 1,425 acre wetland area in Fairfax County, Virginia USA. Related Resource:


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Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago

This is like something from a fairy tale, or from Beatrix Potter; a home made of spider silk and lichens. Lovely!

Seema 9 years ago

Keen observation...

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Virginia, USA

Spotted on Apr 17, 2012
Submitted on Apr 26, 2012

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