Hanging basket

I found this beautiful Mistletoebird nest yesterday at Green Gully.

Suspended in a rose bush it rekindled happy memories of a pair that nested in a similar site at Strangways a number of years back.

There were two eggs in the nest – with the female still bringing cobwebs in for nest lining, between short bouts of incubation. With a hot spell coming up the lining may be very useful insulation. Interestingly the female had distinctive streaking on the underparts, a feature that is not often shown in identification guides. I’ve noticed this patterning previously and wonder if it may be more prominent on older females.

Mistletoebird nest, Green Gully, 26th December 2019

Female Mistletoebird with nest lining

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Tail-up and into the nest

The female incubating

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One response to “Hanging basket

  1. Very interesting Geoff, not a bird I often observe though they are in my area, and have never seen the nest before (isn’t it an amazing construction?) Thanks for sharing these as well as the tip on the femaile’s breast marking.

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