Date: 7/16/17 6:01 pm From: Tim Hahn <thahnbirder...> Subject: [wisb] Ovenbird Nest - Vernon SWA (Waukesha)
While doing atlas surveys in the Genesee CE block (Waukesha), I came across a pair of Ovenbirds in Vernon SWA that did not like me hanging around. As the male sang at me from a branch above, the female walked away to a nearby shrub and started chirping. They were clearly trying to hide their nest by distracting me, so I left them alone. On my way back down the trail the male reminded me again that this was his spot, but the female wasn't around. Then I looked down and caught her eye as she sat in her oven nest. She immediately bolted from her nest and gave me the business. I took a few pics of the nest that has at least 4 eggs and hit the trail to give them their space.
Ovenbirds have some of the most unique nests. As their name suggests, they build a hollow cave out of sticks and needles with an entrance that provides quick escape.