I took this photo of a Herring Gull nest on Swinburne Island in New York City using my blackberry on 30 May, 2009. I conduct the annual colonial waterbird surveys for the New York Harbor and get to see a lot of urban nests with interesting refuse incorporated into them. Balls such as tennis balls or baseballs are a common sight in the nests of ground-nesting birds. We believe these birds roll them into their nests instinctually. This rubber skull was a first for us :)
by Elizabeth Craig: Graduate Student @ Cornell and Research Associate at NYC Audubon, Ithaca, NY
Monday, October 5, 2009
Avian Hallowe'en Nest
From the folks at Cornell's ornithology department - even the birds are getting into the Hallowe'en spirit! Cornell has a funky nest contest and this nest was one of the winners.