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I found these two fun nuggets and thought I’d share them with you here since I tweeted them earlier today.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology did this nifty little study to see if Black-Capped Chickadees would be more interested in nesting in tubes rather than houses, since tubes better resemble their preferred nesting sites of excavated snags. The results? They way preferred the tubes over traditional bird houses! So if you’re into providing nests for your birds, especially cavity nesters like chickadees, you may be inspired to try this method out. I bet with some glue and tree bark, those PVC tubes could look AWESOME.

NatGeo did a little report on a study published in 2005 in the journal Ecology Letters that looked at why some bird eggs are speckled when the speckles provide no camouflage. It turns out that the building blocks of the speckles’ darker pigmentation acts like a glue in areas of the eggshell that are weaker from calcium deficiency. NEATO!

And this.

Taken from somewhere on ICanHasCheezburger.

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Posted on February 18, 2011, in News, Tweets, & Links and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Another great post by the “Dorky” Naturalist! You said it…I just repeated it. So, the Chickadee thing is really interesting and I am going to make me some of these. I wonder if you could just hang them up. I will have to try different methods. I am also concerned about the color. Grey could attract a lot of heat if in the sun. I will find morning sun spots.

    Thanks again for the great post.

    • Thanks Tom! I wonder if drilling holes for ventilation would be a good thing? I bet doing a grey and brown bark-like pattern wouldn’t be too bad, especially if it’s placed in dappled or partial sunlight? Let me know how it goes, I’d love to see them!

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