Cobwebbing

Many small birds furnish their beautiful nests with cobwebs – the silky strands provide a strong binding for the sticks and bark which make up the bulk of most constructions.

This female Scarlet Robin was observed adding the finishing touches to its nest at the Rise and Shine – about six metres off the ground in a small Red Box. Unlike the nest of the Eastern Yellow Robin (pictured below), that of the Scarlet Robin is a  flatter, shallow bowl – befitting the size of the robin, and is usually located further from the ground.

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Female Scarlet Robin bringing cobwebs to nest site, Rise and Shine, 1st September 2015.

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A view of the nest from the west – on a horizontal branch of a Red Box.

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The female stitching cobwebs into the outer surface of the nest.

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Not an exclamation – just finished some stitching!

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Eastern Yellow Robin at the nest, Rise and Shine, 1st September 2015.

One response to “Cobwebbing

  1. Makes me feel like doing some nesting!

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