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A Notable Sparrow's Nest

H. R. Taylor
Publication Information
Journal: 
Condor
Volume: 
9
Issue: 
1 (January-February)
Section: 
From Field and Study
Year: 
1907
Pages: 
28

A Notable Sparrow's Nest

A nest of Passer domesticus, with two entrances, blew down from its unstable perch in the Virginia creeper on the side of my house, November 25. The sparrow had industriously gathered together a mass of dry grass as big as a hat. The nest, which was deep, was warmly lined with feathers. At one side, below, there was an opening thru the feathers evidently designed as a “look out,” or ventilator. The bird might have escaped thru the hole in case of necessity, but probably used the main entrance exclusively as a point of ingress, as the feathers about the extra orifice projected blades outward, showing that the bird could not have well flown in without disarranging the downy window casement.

H. R. TAYLOR

Alameda, California

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