As I previously mentioned, we took the Say’s Phoebe nest down after the babies fledged in mid-June. In order to remove it intact, I had to slide it onto a thick piece of cardboard. It was much heavier than I expected.
Up close, it looked like half of a round nest.
There were layers to the nest, and the bottom layer was filled with small bits of gravel, twigs, and dirt.
There was even a decorative fluffy ball of what seemed to be polyester stuffing attached to the front of the nest. Well-placed bird droppings completed the well-loved look.
This is probably one of those most amazing nests that I’ve personally seen.
In order to discourage another round of nest-building, we put a small gargoyle statue on the ledge.