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It’s Nesting Time: Nature Study

ns_nests_lgWe 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.
It's Nesting TimeA 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.
Picture 1075 Picture 1076 Kinglet nest The male was always nearby to frighten away other birds looking to inhabit this nest.
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Picture 1074We were sad to see one morning that an animal had climbed up and taken the eggs and knocked the nest off its perch.
Picture 1083 Nest observationWhile 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.
Hummingbird nestDelicately 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.
Hummingbird's nest
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.
Picture 1080 Picture 1081 Picture 1082We 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.
Swallows' nests Swallows' NestsWe 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.
Swallow's nest Swallow's NestTo 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.
Nest observation Nest observation Nesting Nature Study  Nesting Nature Study Notebook PageEven 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.

Psalm 84:3

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