Friday, May 18, 2007

Nest guess

In regard to Eleanor Tauber's photo of a nest in the red part of a stoplight, [posted yesterday] Bill Trankle of Indianapolis, IN writes:

Marie, it's very difficult to tell, of course, but if I had to guess, I'd say the babies in the stop-light nest are robins. Most of what drives that assumption is the nest construction, which is way too neat for starlings (at least the ones that used to nest in my soffits!). I've seen zebra doves do the same thing back home in Honolulu. I don't know how they handle the constant "light on, light off," but they seem to ignore it quite well!

PS from Marie: Yes, I think Bill is right. I hope Eleanor checks on the nest and confirms in a few days.