Lesson 11: Bird Nest Materials

Different species of birds use different materials to build their nests. Some use twigs and sticks, while others use grasses and weed stems. Other birds use just about anything in their nests, including trash. Choose ten birds from the website and read about them. Then make a chart like the one below. Record data on the chart with information from each Species Page. After all the data is recorded, add up the totals to see which nest materials are used most. Make a graph to demonstrate your findings. An example of a graph is at the bottom of the page.

Remember: You are not copying the chart below. Choose ten birds from the list, and use materials you find as you read. There are other materials used that are not on the sample chart, such as snakeskin or spider web. Also, if you feel a Species Page doesn't provide the information you're looking for, you might consider choosing a different bird.

 

BIRD

TWIGS

STICKS

GRASS

MOSS

WEEDS

FUR / HAIR

ROOTS /ROOTLETS

BARK

LEAVES

PINE NEEDLES

FEATHERS

LICHENS

PAPER

PLANT DOWN

INSECT COCCOONS

Blue Jay

X
X
X

X

X
X

Northern Cardinal

X

X

X
X
X
X
X

X

Mallard

X

Eastern Bluebird

X

X

Carolina Chickadee

X
X

X

X

X
X

Red-tailed Hawk

X
X

X

X

Common Crow

X
X
X
X

X
X
X
X

X

Mourning Dove

X
X
X

X

X

Canada Goose

X

X
X
X

X

Northern Bobwhite

X

TOTAL

5
4
9
4
4
3
4
3
2
2
2
1
2
1
1

 

 

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