It's a beautiful sunny morning, and the wood is filled with birdsong: nesting season is in full swing....
It's worth doing some research on 'nesting facts' to appreciate the amazing construction ability of these creatures. What many would call instinct, the Bible calls 'wisdom' [Proverbs 30:24-28], and is a God-given design feature written into His creation.
For example, April is the month when house martins return from their African sojourn, to build their nests in the eaves of buildings. They are made from up to 1000 mud pellets, mixed with grass, and lined with feathers, and take about 10 days to construct. Nests are usually re-used each year, though not by the same birds, new tennants just making necessary repairs before moving in.
As house martins have amber conservation status, if you have a colony near you, maybe you could take part in this year's survey, details on the website below:
Some other feathery facts…
- Eiderdown the traditional pillow-filler, comes from the nests of eider ducks. Apparently the female plucks her own breast for soft down to line the inside of her nest; when the nest is vacated, the down is collected. It takes about 60 nests to produce 1 kg of down.
- The mallee bird from Australia builds its nest from an assortment of foliage in an earthen pit. After rain, it covers the foliage with soil, and waits for the rotting debris to heat up like a compost heap. The temperature is tested by the mallee’s beak, when it reaches 33 degrees, the female lays her eggs. The male keeps the nest at a constant temperature by covering & exposing the eggs as necessary.
- According to the Guinness Book of Records, the world’s biggest bird nest was built by a pair of bald eagles. It weighed two tons and measured 9ft 6in wide and 20ft deep.
Then worship its Creator!
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