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Wild Georgia: What’s essential for some bird nests might surprise you

Posted on AllSides May 24th, 2024
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Some species’ nests are primarily made of mud. The cliff swallow, which often nests in large colonies under bridges, overpasses and culverts in North Georgia, is the master mason of the bird world. Cliff swallows mix mud with their saliva to make pellets for their gourd-shaped nests. They deposit the well-formed pellets onto other mud pellets, which bond together and harden into a strong nest wall. A finished nest may contain more than a thousand mud pellets. Spiderwebs are important for the nests of ruby-throated hummingbirds, blue-gray gnatcatchers, indigo buntings,...

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