Bird Egg Id

Discussion in 'Nature' started by jordan2240, Apr 26, 2016.

  1. Couldn't find a category that fit my question.
    Can any of you birders ID these eggs? Found in a nest built in the hollow of a tree in Central PA. They were a little smaller than bluebird eggs.
  2. Roger G

    Roger G Roger G

    White-breasted Nuthatch?
  3. Definitely a possibility.
  4. Here's some egg information from Stokes. All of these birds nest in cavities.
    Tufted Titmouse: 4 - 8 white with small brown speckles
    Black-capped or Carolina Chickadee: 6 white with reddish speckles
    Red -breasted Nuthatch: 5-7 white or slightly pink with brown speckles
    White-breasted Nuthatch: 3-10 white with dark marks
    Don't forget about Wrens.
    Best to return to the nest site and see what flies in to feed the chicks.
  5. Thanks Laura. Good idea.
  6. Be very careful about photographing bird's nests. In the UK, for example, you need a licence for some species.
  7. One common problem is unwittingly exposing the nest to potential predators. Another is the possibility of the mother abandoning the nest after human interference.
    Here is some good info (link).
  8. Agreed Harold and Mary, and I didn't spend much time at the nest when we came across it while hiking the trail we found it on. It's not a place we visit often, so the mystery of what kind of bird laid the eggs will likely remain.

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