Recycling-Warbler Style

This tiny cup nest sat high in the bayberry bush, untouched all winter.

This tiny cup nest sat high in the Bayberry bush, untouched all winter.

We have a Bayberry bush about 15 feet in front of the house here in Maine that is a favored nesting spot.  In the past it has hosted Cedar Waxwings, but last year a small cup nest was exposed to view when the leaves dropped in the fall.  I didn’t know which bird made the nest but I suspected a Black-throated Green Warbler as they nest very close to the house every year.  This morning my theoretical nester ID was strengthened considerably when a female Black-throated Green began taking nesting material from this old nest.  She worked diligently for about an hour, finally knocking the center of the nest to the ground below.  The inside appears to be lined with hair, feathers and moss, perhaps held together by spidersilk, as she needs to tug some to loosen it.

This Black-throated Green Warbler female is taking the soft inside of the nest for re-use in her new nest.

This Black-throated Green Warbler female is taking the soft inside of the nest for re-use in her new nest.

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    Bill Teetz said,

    We had a male Black-throated Green stop by our yard this spring for a few hours. Don’t often see them, especially not in our yard.

    Bill

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