INFORMATION ABOUT NESTS, EGGS, AND NESTING HABITS

 

Eastern

Bluebird

Carolina

Chickadee

Brown-headed

Nuthatch

House

Sparrow

Tufted

Titmouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time Required to build nest

4 - 7 days

3 - 4 days

3 - 4 days

Can build in one day

3 - 7 days

Nesting

Materials

Grass cup or pine needles

Moss, lined with fur or hair

Bark shreds, twigs, grass, hair, fur, feathers

Grass, paper feathers with canopy

Moss, hair, fur and wet leaf parts

Eggs

Pale blue sometimes white

White, pink heavy brown spots

White with reddish-brown spots

White, green with gray or brown spots

White, with small dots

Clutch size

3 - 7

5 - 9

3 - 9

3 - 7

4 - 8

Broods per year, early nest dates

2, sometimes 3 Early April

1

Mid April

1

Mid April

Too many!!!

Early

1

Mid April

Incubation Period

F 12-16

F 11-13

F 14

F & M 11-13

F 12-14

Nesting

Period

15-20

16

14

10

15 - 16

Other Notes

Open areas scattered Trees, perches

Very protective of nest

Also nests in Bluebird boxes

Likes buildings

East to photograph

 

Much of the information  concerning nest building, number of eggs and incubation and nesting periods is generalized for “average” situations.  Weather, food supply, nesting territory, and geographical areas all influence individual nesting circumstances.  This chart is intended to serve as a guide only.