Purposes of Nests
Name: J. K.
Do birds build nests to live in if they are not laying
eggs? Do they build nests when they migrate to warmer climates? Do birds
use the nest after the babies have disappeared?
Generally speaking, NO, NO, and NO. Nests of most species are used solely
for raising young. Some larger birds, like hawks, owls and eagles, will
return to the same nest year after year, but leave it for the season once
the young have fledged. Small perching birds build a new nest for each
brood. Some cavity nesting birds will roost in cavities outside of nesting
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Update: June 2012