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RE: phoebe nest in defiance of gravity
- To: "Travis, Ginger" <Ginger@athena.dev.unc.edu>, <email@example.com>
- Subject: RE: phoebe nest in defiance of gravity
- From: "Randy Dunson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 18:39:50 -0400
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- In-Reply-To: <B9A72DA758B8D111B82E00A024FC704DF49198@athena.dev.unc.edu>
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I've never heard of a vertical phoebe's nest either, but can tell you that
the phoebe that has now nested twice in an eave of my front porch, the nest
is extremely strong & durable. I don't know what other materials they use
beside twigs, etc., but it's like the nest is cemented to the eave.
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of Travis, Ginger
Sent: Thursday, April 26, 2001 2:17 PM
Subject: phoebe nest in defiance of gravity
I've read that phoebes have an affinity for bridges and nest under them. But
I always assumed that they made their nests on top of a horizontal surface
in the bridge structure, such as a crossbeam. The few phoebes' nests I've
ever seen (not under bridges) were all on top of something -- a light
fixture or a beam.
So I was very surprised while kayaking on the Eno River to see a phoebe fly
to a nest that was attached to a smooth vertical concrete wall under the Red
Mill Rd. bridge (Durham County). Basically the nest looked like a barn
swallow's except that it was made of vegetable matter and not mud. When I
paddled over for a closer look I thought I might find the phoebe's nest
supported by an old barn swallow nest, but all I could see was a few old mud
daubers' chambers under one side of the nest. I'm guessing this mud provided
the needed anchor point for the phoebe to attach a nest to -- though it sure
didn't look like enough to build on.
Have other folks seen a phoebe's nest clinging to a vertical surface? How do
you think the bird gets it to stay up?
Chapel Hill, N.C.