Field Notes: Mid-spring on May Day

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Trileigh Tucker

It’s May, it’s May, the lusty month of May!

Female American Robin with nest material Lincoln Park, West Seattle Female American Robin
with nest material
Lincoln Park, West Seattle

This time of year, the park is alive with song, sun, and scavenging for just the right nesting setup. It’s often a team effort; as the robin above collected dry grass, her mate was on a nearby branch, seeeep-ing softly.

Male American Robin Lincoln Park, West Seattle Male American Robin
Lincoln Park, West Seattle

Robins’ approach to nest construction is within the broad category of assembling: taking biological or non-biological materials and putting them together in various ways to form a sturdy nest. More specifically, robins use an interlocking technique, piling sticks together, then weaving grass to make a soft bed for their eggs and later young.

But the real expert weavers in our woods are the Bushtits, those perfect tiny brown fuzzballs who work assiduously to weave a huge variety of forest materials—lichens, mosses, feathers, grass…

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