Bird Nest Building Timelapse

Would have been cool to see the end result be a nest full of eggs.

it would have been cool to see the rest of the entire universe play out.

It skipped the part where the bird used the tools to put those boards together for the foundation

Ecologist flying in! Wow, what awesome footage!

They put mud in to strengthen the walls of the nest and I'd assume it does add to it being waterproof. A quick note, this is all instinctual and our feathered friend here is not really thinking about all of these variables. Birds that use mud have better nests than those that do not, their chicks have a higher survival rate, and go on to build more nests with mud.

The bird building the nest is a beautiful American robin (Turdus migratorious) and will lay 3-5 gorgeous bright blue eggs. They are super common all over North America. They are insectivores and as such you can frequently see them pulling worms out of the ground. I watched one a few weeks ago pull out 5 in just a couple of minutes after we had some rain. American robins, as their species name suggests, migrate over winter - though about half will stay and the other half head for warmer climates.

I love them! I heard one last week make the most beautiful song. I thought it was another species, I had no idea how amazing their songs could be. I'm used to their chirping. If you see one, take a little time to appreciate the beauty we have around us in our more common species.

Ecologist flying in! Wow, what awesome footage!

They put mud in to strengthen the walls of the nest and I'd assume it does add to it being waterproof. A quick note, this is all instinctual and our feathered friend here is not really thinking about all of these variables. Birds that use mud have better nests than those that do not, their chicks have a higher survival rate, and go on to build more nests with mud.

The bird building the nest is a beautiful American robin (Turdus migratorious) and will lay 3-5 . They are super common all over North America. They are insectivores and as such you can frequently see them pulling worms out of the ground. I watched one a few weeks ago pull out 5 in just a couple of minutes after we had some rain. American robins, as their species name suggests, migrate over winter - though about half will stay and the other half head for warmer climates.

I love them! I heard one last week make the most beautiful song. I thought it was another species, I had no idea how amazing their songs could be. I'm used to their chirping. If you see one, take a little time to appreciate the beauty we have around us in our more common species.

Oh woah. I never knew they used mud (or is it shit?) to insulate it.

How to build a nest:

Gather a few sticks. Build the rest of the fucking nest.

/sub/restofthefuckingowl

At a crazy slow 1s/1s rate.

What if I were to tell you, you already are?

Bird shit is more white colored, so I dont think it's that

Id say the dirt is more to hold the sticks in place and cement them to the wood than to insulate, but it does both in the end

Nest fires are rare nowadays. Once the structure is complete, the bird will get a licensed contractor to do the electrical stuff to code.

They carry the mud in their mouths then drop it in the nest.

Life sure is a shitty time-machine

Holy god how many trips does that bird have to make with all that mud and dirt?

Bur you're not Unidan.

It spinned SPUN ( edit: god you're harsh ) like a fucking beyblade.

I love Unidan, he's a nice guy (we mod a few subs together), but the constant reference makes it hard for anyone else to comment and makes him not really want to be around. There are so many great scientists here on Reddit, better than me. It's a dead horse, leave it be.

How do they transport the mud?

If you wish to build an apple pie from scratch you must first invent the universe

Now Karen lemme smash

It seems like the best is never used.

At one point I was worried the nest somehow caught fire..

Their beak can fit more than you'd think. Also, they go for chunks of dirt which are a little bigger and hold together until they add it to their nest.

Crazy. It's amazing that a creature with a pea-size brain seemingly comes pre-programmed with the ability to do this, but training a dog to poop outside is a herculean struggle.

Is dropping his name still funny?

I basically knew this was the answer, but reading it said so matter-of-factly like this was quite amusing. Would the mud also help with insulation?

Since you're apparently a bird wizard, would I be wrong to tempt you by saying Jackdaws are basically the same as Crows? If this question puzzles you, don't worry it's become an old Reddit joke by now.

Well if life moved too fast people might get sick, so we had to slow down to a speed that worked for 99.999% of people.

Worms are Annelids, but many insectivores eat a variety of invertebrates not just insects, such as millipedes, worms and spiders. It's kind of a catch all. The birds don't turn down a meal just because we have a different classification! It's similar how entomologists may study arachnids (spiders, scorpions) or they may be called Arachnologists, but generally go by entomologists. Classification can get a little vague depending on what we're talking about. Ask 10 biologists get 10 different answers.

Haha It's a pretty easy answer. There's no finessing it. :) Yes, mud should help with insulation. It's so dense, it'll keep heat in.

I've heard the Jackdaw/Crow joke more than I've ever wanted to. I posted on my other user name the same time as Unidan. Created this one to consolidate social media accounts.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n694LFHoET8

Source timelapse video:

Thank you! Nature brings me a lot of joy. I grew up with a Nature loving father in the Pine Barrens and near the ocean. It's been a big part of my life. :)

Ah gotchya. That's awesome. Thanks for sharing!

Spun*

HE SAID SPINNED

I actually do miss going into some random thread that has an animal in it and getting all of its info though

Lol, Turdus

Your excitement/appreciation for nature is infectious.

Video proof of its fuckery.

I have a bird at work that hates me. It built a nest directly above my break area and bitches at me the entire time I'm out there. Like loud screeching the entire time. I threw a twig at it one day in a show of dominance but that just pissed it off even more. I have moved my break area and it seeks me out to bitch at me. It's annoying as hell. Here is the fuck face.

Bird shit is black, the white stuff is actually more like urine.

Edit: Just a random fact I remember from highschool biology, not an expert or anything.

this

Something like ?

They are like Ron Swanson in the hardware store.

Idk dude, I can get pretty baked and I hardly understand time or space.

It's a philosophical question, what defines making something from scratch? For one person it could mean they grew the tree that the apples grew on, maybe a store bought crust is acceptable with other people.

It could be applied to music as well. I see folks diss on electronic saying the DJs are just button pushers, but someone playing guitar might be playing chords that someone else invented. You get what I'm saying?

https://youtu.be/xuCn8ux2gbs

I have a robin that just built a nest under my awning and couldn't help but think the same thing. Every trip seemed like it wasn't adding much to the mix, yet she whipped that nest out with a quickness.

I feel like if you were a wizard and had a robin or two just hustling away for you doing little tasks, you could really get some shit done.

It was a joke.

Got stick! Lemme smash.