These remarkable nesting locations show how birds can adapt to their environment. Although not all birds nest, they all build or look to find a safe place to lay and hatch their eggs. Until recently it was believed that nest building was an inherent skill, but recent studies suggest that birds can learn to improve.


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Man-made birdhouses have existed at least since the 15th-16th century. As agriculture and urbanization altered the environment through deforestation, the number of natural nesting cavities decreased. Birdhouses, or creating nesting spots like those shown here, are a solution and response to this problem.

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#1 Ashtray Nest

Ashtray Nest

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MichałPrzybylak 1 year ago

hmmm... how did they got out when they got bigger?

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#2 Swallow Nest In Old Lamp

Swallow Nest In Old Lamp

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BarbaraNash 1 year ago

Look at that mama bird giving the stink eye in the 2nd photo... love it :)

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#3 A Goose Figurine Became Home To A Real Live Bird

A Goose Figurine Became Home  To A Real Live Bird

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CynthiaDaggett 1 year ago

Birds of a feather.....

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#4 Traffic Light Nest

Traffic Light Nest

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CynthiaDaggett 1 year ago

STOP in the name of love..

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#5 Shoe House

Shoe House

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KristenHdz 1 year ago

"there was an old woman who lived in a shoe..."

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#6 Man Left His Car In A Parking Lot For 6 Days And Came Back To This

Man Left His Car In A Parking Lot For 6 Days And Came Back To This

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GabriellaMichalec 1 year ago

Looks like he's going to leave it even longer now . . .

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#7 Old Teapot

Old Teapot

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CynthiaDaggett 1 year ago

When it rains, it pours.....

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#8 Nest On A Statue

Nest On A Statue

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GabriellaMichalec 1 year ago

Crowning glory.

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#9 Dove Nest On A Wreath

Dove Nest On A Wreath

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GingerJourdenais 1 year ago

I don't know why this doesn't rate higher. They make the wreath all the more festive!

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#10 Outside Is Better

Outside Is Better

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CynthiaDaggett 1 year ago

Duplex!

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#11 Hummingbird Nesting On A Patio Windchime

Hummingbird Nesting On A Patio Windchime

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GabriellaMichalec 1 year ago

She must like the tinkling of the bells.

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#12 Duck Nest

Duck Nest

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Eddie77 1 year ago

I like

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#13 Cigarette Bins Must Seem Very Attractive To Blue Tits Looking For Somewhere To Settle Down

Cigarette Bins Must Seem Very Attractive To Blue Tits Looking For Somewhere To Settle Down

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MaxRedlantern 1 year ago

Someone please address the elephant in the room...

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#14 Nest In The Engine Of A Minibus

Nest  In The Engine Of A Minibus

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rix94 1 year ago

Home is where your mother makes one! :-P

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#15 Dove's Nest

Dove's Nest

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CarolGolliher 1 year ago

Had the same thing happen 3X this spring. Each clutch was 2 eggs; each clutch hatched, grew, and flew away. I swear they were getting ready for a 4th clutch

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#16 A Pair Of Great Tits And Their New Family Have Nested In A Traffic Cone

A Pair Of Great Tits And Their New Family Have Nested In A Traffic Cone

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GloriaCardinal 1 year ago

hmmm. I do not understand the thinking of these tits.

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#17 Blue Tit Makes Its House In A Lamp Post

Blue Tit Makes Its House In A Lamp Post

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MaxRedlantern 1 year ago

God, these tits are everywhere!

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#18 Dove Nest Inside Basket

Dove Nest Inside Basket

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DonnaLibbey 1 year ago

Looks like my daughter's bike. She would love this.

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