Nest Cams


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Whether they're migratory or resident, songbirds or raptors, shore birds or land birds, all birds reproduce by laying eggs in a nest.

Eggs hatch, chicks emerge, and parents set about the task of raising their young.

Eggs have protective shells, but they still require parental warmth and protection until the chicks inside are ready to face the world.

Parent birds spend great amounts of time caring for the eggs and the young birds while they are in the nest.

Each bird makes a nest that is adapted to where it lives. For some birds, a slight indentation in the ground is enough to make a home. For others, a nest must be carefully woven in just the right location. Some nests are built in tall grass. Others are built in tall trees. All are built to hold and protect the young before they are able to fly.

The parent birds tend to the eggs, using their own bodies to keep eggs warm. Once the chicks are hatched, parents carry food back to the nest, fend off predators, and do all they can to safeguard their little ones until the young birds can take care of themselves.

Predators do like to eat eggs and birds – just as humans like to eat chicken eggs and cooked chicken. Birds have developed many strategies to help them succeed in protecting eggs from their enemies and in raising their young.

You'll find there are many interesting variations in eggs, nests, chick development and how parents care for their young.

But one thing is universal: if bird parents are successful, their chicks reach a day when they're fully fledged young birds, ready to leave the nest and set off to find mates, build nests, lay eggs, and raise chicks of their own.


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