We have been studying nests in our homeschool lately and have had so much fun observing and finding nests all around us. We read and Bud narrated a great “Let’s Read and Find Out” book throughout our study called It’s Nesting Time.
A kinglet found a cozy place to make her nest below our deck. We watched her each day as she guarded and warmed her 3 eggs.
The male was always nearby to frighten away other birds looking to inhabit this nest.
We were sad to see one morning that an animal had climbed up and taken the eggs and knocked the nest off its perch.
While playing at a nearby park with some friends, I looked down and saw a treasure at my feet. A hummingbird’s nest! The nestlings had already hatched and gone so I brought the nest home to observe it.
Delicately knitted together with spiders’ webs, the nest weighed little more than a feather and was the size of half a golf ball. What an amazing treasure and gift from God. The kids were awestruck.
We also learned about swallows’ nests. We began by reading about how they form mudballs in their beaks and layer these balls to create little nests.
We then went to a nearby bridge to observe a large number of swallows nests made of mud from a nearby pond. There was a quite a flock living under this bridge.
We also went to a nearby lake and found more swallows’ nests near the boathouse. We were able to get a closer look at these because they weren’t as high above the ground. The materials were slightly different showing how resourceful birds can be.
To complete our study of nests, we found a nest on the ground and spent some time observing it and sketching it. Bud listed out some of the materials he saw in the construction and recorded them in his notebook.
Even the sparrow has found a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may have her young—
a place near your altar,
Lord Almighty, my King and my God.