Hidden Nest

Thanks to Kristin B., from Indiana, for sending the photo of the nest that she found hidden among the Blueberry Bushes up on Lac La Croix. These tiny birds are perhaps only a day old, or maybe just hatched a few hours ago.

Nest hidden in Blueberry patch

Nest hidden in Blueberry patch

We got out the book, Peterson Field Guide for Birds’ Nests, to see if we could figure out what kind of bird made the nest. Kristin didn’t get a very good look at the adult bird when it flew off the nest, but there is an unhatched egg in the nest that could provide a clue.
Song Sparrow Nest ?

Song Sparrow Nest ?

The egg is brown and speckled which makes it look like it might be from a Sparrow – both Song Sparrows and White-throated Sparrows nest on the ground up here. This nest was very close to the water’s edge, only about 10 feet away, so that makes me think Song Sparrow. Song Sparrows also have a second nesting and that’s probably what this is.
Song Sparrows seem to love the lakeshore and this nest reminds me of one that I found a few years ago: http://visitcranelake.com/blog/?p=11
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