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Bushtits Nest

Psaltriparus minimus

Description:

I found this nest at Heather Farm Park. It was very puzzling and mysterious because, it looked so much like a weaver bird's nest. What was a weaver bird's nest doing in N.America? After a lot of searching and no answers, I put this spotting up on the Cornell lab of ornithology website. They responded by saying that it was a Bushtit's nest. http://greennature.com/article180.html The above link has an interesting article on Bushtits

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/punctu...

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17 Comments

Hema
Hema 10 years ago

a bushtit's nest is an architectural marvel!

Hema
Hema 10 years ago

http://greennature.com/article180.html
The bushtits nest can be seen in this article.
The nests are very well insulated and warm.

Wild Things
Wild Things 10 years ago

Yes Emma seems to be same nest. Congratulations on solving the mystery.

Hema
Hema 10 years ago

Mick, Satyen and Ashish,thanks for the feedback! i am delited at having solved the mystery!

Hema
Hema 10 years ago

Finally I have an answer!! This is a Bushtit nest!!

Wild Things
Wild Things 10 years ago

Emma, you must try searching for sunbirds nest. Too untidy for a weavers nest.

Hema
Hema 10 years ago

Thanks Satyen! It might be a little difficult to get an answer on this ,because we are talking about a nest that is not typical to this area.

Wild Things
Wild Things 10 years ago

Emma a sunbirds nest should be small. Atul has 1 in his collection at http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/688... . I think you must consult him, he has a good idea of birds and their nests.

Arun
Arun 10 years ago

@Emma Its seems like sun bird nest but am not sure

Hema
Hema 10 years ago

http://factoidz.com/facts-about-the-sunb...
Mick,here is an article which states that even though the Sunbirds are originally from South Asia and Australia, Some have been spotted in San Franscisco. i find that fact quite amazing!

MickGrant
MickGrant 10 years ago

Good thinkin - very likely

Hema
Hema 10 years ago

A funky Nest in a funky place!
Could this be a Sun-bird's nest ?
The sunbirds have counterparts in two very distantly related groups: the hummingbirds of the Americas and the honeyeaters of Australia. The resemblances are due to convergent evolution brought about by a similar nectar-feeding lifestyle.[1] Some sunbird species can take nectar by hovering like a hummingbird, but usually perch to feed.

MickGrant
MickGrant 10 years ago

Wicki says: The Ploceidae, or weavers, are small passerine birds related to the finches.

These are seed-eating birds with rounded conical bills, most of which breed in sub-Saharan Africa, with fewer species in tropical Asia and also in Australia. The weaver group is divided into the buffalo, sparrow, typical, and widow weavers. The

Hema
Hema 10 years ago

Mick ,there was no bird and this nest was really well hidden in a tree with little yellow flowers.

MickGrant
MickGrant 10 years ago

Need a shot of the bird please

Hema
Hema 10 years ago

Any ideas on the presence of a weaver bird's nest in North America?

Hema
Spotted by
Hema

Walnut Creek, California, United States

Spotted on Jul 27, 2011
Submitted on Jul 27, 2011

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