Posts Tagged ‘nesting behaviour’

Making a home in the city, 190417

April 20, 2017


As I stepped out of my daughter’s home, early in the morning, the liquid, burbling call of the Red-whiskred Bulbuls had me looking around. I spotted them flying around and landing near the front entrance:


I soon realized that two of them were busy trying to build a nest in the ornamental palms flanking the entrance.


Look at the beauty of this bird, very common in our city:


Are they also pondering about building apartments, one above the other?


In Shivamogga, too, two of these birds had made a nest in my hosts’ home:


The lady of the house (er, nest) was well-ensconced in the cup-like nest, with only her beak showing:


I left the birds to their breakfast, and walked on.



The House Finches are back…YAYYYY!

February 14, 2013

I had made

this post

about the Housefinches which nested in both Arbor Vitae trees in 2010.

For the past few days, I have watched the buds slowly emerging on the bare Japanese Maple tree, and was wondering if the House Finches would return…and wow, just now…

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I quickly put down the baby and rushed to get this beauty…

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Now I’m waiting to see what happens in the next few weeks! Last time, a severe storm destroyed the nests (and, alas, four hatchlings in one of them). I am hoping for the best this time…

Talk about bird-brained….

April 26, 2009

The nesting instinct, they say, is an utter imperative; the propogation of the species, and reproduction, is too great an urge to be ignored.

But sometimes, the place chosen is NOT the best.

This CANADA GOOSE (Branta canadensis) chose the edge of the car park in the St Louis Hindu temple to build her nest; and here she is, obviously incubating at least one egg:

nesting canada goose 250409 st L temple

I wonder if geese *always* nest on the ground in this way? The entry


gives this interesting answer:

Because Canada geese nest in a wide variety of sites, their cover
requirements are not very specialized or specific. Nesting sites that
offer good visibility of the surrounding area, protection from
predators, and are fairly close to the water (within 1 to 94 meters) are
usually adequate enough to support a viable population of geese.
It is possible that fidelity to nesting sites is so strong that the type
of cover chosen, whether shrub or grassland, is almost irrelevent (sic) in
parts of Alaska. Instead, nesting success may depend heavily on the
absence of predators.”

Some children came up behind me as I took the snap, and I think the tongue coming out was the equivalent of a goose “hissing”, defending nest and young. But she made no other move, passive or aggressive, towards the children, whom I turned back, anyway.

Perhaps, we thought, this was a good place because only devotees come here…but then, chaibacca pointed out that if any of the dogs from the adjoining properties should get loose, it would be short shrift for the goose, her nest, and the nestlings.

All I can do is…hope that doesn’t happen!

Well, I know nest photography is a “no-no”, but I am hoping that this will warn all St Louis temple-goers to avoid this bird and her nest…and I really don’t think I am putting this bird in any more danger than she has brought upon herself by her (bird-brained) choice of site!

more about Canada Geese and their nests here

The story of Mr and Mrs M. G. Hornbill

February 20, 2007

At Dandeli, this time, we were treated to a lovely family drama, more riveting than any soap opera one could see on the idiot box! Let me introduce the hero and heroine:

MalabarGrey Hornbills

The rest of the Hornbill Story…click here!