Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Songbird nest

My friend and ornithologists Chris Marsh called last week for a heads up about  a Gnat-catchers nest very low to the ground and accessible for getting some pictures. He had told the homeowner, site unseen that this is probably what if was after Charles the homeowner had given him a choice between either a Gnatcatcher or a Kinglet. Chris explained that Kinglets nest in Spruce-fir forest, not here in the Lowcountry.

Well once we got a camera set up on the nest it was easy to see this was not a Gnatcatcher or a Kinglet.

With the help of a Peterson guide we discovered it was a beautiful "little" White-eyed Vireo and she never took her eyes off of me.

This was shot from behind the nest with the bird facing the other way. he nest was maybe 3.5 in wide and 4.5 in long

the variety of materials and the amount of work that goes into one of these nests always amazes me.


  1. Hi Eric - How exciting is that?!! This would be a 'life' bird for me. I am so jealous! You did a fantastic job exposing this bird's infamous white eye! Just amazing and beautiful how she is peeking out at you! Thanks for posting these pictures, I really enjoyed them :-)

  2. Found your blog through Bird Girl, I'll be back, I have always loved birds but was not very knowledgeable so I'm thankful for bloggers like you and Bird Girl who can show us such wonderful things.

  3. Those eyes; how adorable !!! Yes that nest is very interestingly made ; so many materials!! Happy you found out what the bird is!! Will we see babies???????????/

  4. OMGosh! I just love your pictures of this white-eyed beauty of a bird. The nest reminds me of an Oriole's hanging nest. I skipped over from Birdgirls blog and I'll be back. Love seeing photos of birds I haven't seen and learning about them. Welcome to 'blogdom' It's fun!

  5. Wow, that's so tiny. Great pics!