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Cactus Mama Nest (pictures)

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posted on Jun, 15 2016 @ 07:45 AM
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We have a huge cholla cactus in our pasture and for about 5 years, there's been a curve-billed thrasher that nests in there every year. Last year, an apparent marauder got in there and messed up the nest and it was falling out... so eventually, I knocked it down with a stick. This year, she re-built her nest. We've seen many baby birdies come out of that nest.

This morning, the mama is sitting on another nest full of eggs (2-3), so I snapped a picture. See her orange eye?



And a wider shot:





posted on Jun, 15 2016 @ 07:52 AM
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a reply to: Benevolent Heretic

Nice post and pictures!

It seems like a smart choice to build one's nest to be surrounded by spikes.


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posted on Jun, 15 2016 @ 07:55 AM
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a reply to: Benevolent Heretic

i love nature!!! S&F



posted on Jun, 15 2016 @ 08:17 AM
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a reply to: Benevolent Heretic

Beautiful photos.



posted on Jun, 15 2016 @ 08:21 AM
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Cool pics! Is it only me who thinks it looks like a fish? I got up way too early this morning, so maybe it's just me.



posted on Jun, 15 2016 @ 08:31 AM
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originally posted by: paperdoll
It seems like a smart choice to build one's nest to be surrounded by spikes.


It's a natural defense against almost everything. I've seen her get in and out and it's a pretty amazing feat! A study in controlled flight.


originally posted by: Night Star
Is it only me who thinks it looks like a fish?


LOL! No, I see the fish... but trust me, it's a bird. The desert fish nest in the prickly pear cactus.

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posted on Jun, 15 2016 @ 08:46 AM
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a reply to: Night Star I couldn't put my finger on it, but I think your right..



posted on Jun, 15 2016 @ 09:00 AM
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Whew, glad I'm not the only one who saw a fish. LOL

I forgot to star and flag so I just did.



posted on Jun, 15 2016 @ 09:35 AM
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The best defensive nest I ever saw on my farm was a mockingbird who built her nest right above a bald face hornet's nest. Needless to say, nothing ever bothered them.
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posted on Jun, 15 2016 @ 10:20 AM
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There was once a birds nest in our german shepards doghouse, the two sheps never minded the birds and never bothered the nest, as a matter of fact they didn't even go in the dog house while the birds were living there. I thought, smart bird nothings going to take them eggs, the sheps will run off just about any other creature except the birds. I wonder if it is mother instinct from one creature to another as the one shep her name is Schatzie has had pups before.

Those are some really cool pictures, I wasn't sure what I was looking at, at first but now that I do it makes it even cooler



posted on Jun, 15 2016 @ 10:30 AM
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a reply to: Brotherman


Awwww, your dogs sound so sweet!



posted on Jun, 15 2016 @ 11:17 AM
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originally posted by: Night Star
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Awwww, your dogs sound so sweet!



They are actually more like junkyard dogs lol, they guard the house and the garages and the workshop, They aren't out right vicious or anything but they do like to growl and bark at people not invited. Other then that they are both goofy playful devils.



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