Peek in on these peeps
As humans, we don't always get the chance to peer inside birds' nests. We've rounded up a collection of photos that give a glimpse into the adorable world of chicks in nests in a variety of environments, from wetlands to cliffsides. Now that's something worth tweeting about!
Above: A sunbird gracefully flies to feed its chicks, which hang in a suspended nest.
Photo: Brent Eades/Flickr
Great horned owlets, about 4 weeks old, peek out from their nest in the nook of a tree. Great horned owls nest throughout North and South America, usually finding a spot in an abandoned nest or a nook in a tree.
Photo: Piotr Kamionka/Shutterstock
A hoopoe brings lunch to its hungry chick, which has taken residence in a man-made birdhouse. Hoopoes, named for their call, typically nest throughout Europe and Asia, but they can also be found in Africa, India and Southeast Asia year-round.
A white stork endures the rain with its chicks in a nest made out of sticks. Storks will use their nests for several years. Storks usually nest in Portugal, Spain, Urkraine and Poland.
Photo: Stubblefield Photography/Shutterstock
This smiling sweetie is a black-browed albatross chick, snuggled up in its ground nest on Saunders Island in the Falkland Islands, where the species has a large colony.
Photo: Feng Yu/Shutterstock
A truly tiny home, this nest is home to two rufous hummingbird chicks. This species of hummingbird nests from Southern Alaska to California.
A green woodpecker chick sticks its head out of its tree-trunk nest. This species nests in old deciduous trees throughout Europe.
Photo: Eoin Gardiner/Flickr
These starling chicks have nested in a gap in a stone wall in Clarinbridge, a village south of Galway, Ireland.
Photo: Super Prin/Shutterstock
A blue-winged pitta feeds its chicks in their nest on a forest floor in Thailand.
Photo: James Diedrick/Flickr
A great egret stands protectively over its baby on a nest platform in a tree. Great egrets can build nests up to 100 feet off the ground, often above the water for quick meals.
Photo: Super Prin/Shutterstock
A black-naped monarch (also known as a black-naped blue flycatcher) feeds her chicks. Native to India and southern Asia, these birds create cup nests in the forks of trees — and they decorate these nests with spider egg cases.
A (super cute!) red-shouldered hawk chick stretches its big yellow talons out atop its coniforous nest in Houston, Texas.
This swift chick is peeking out of a man-made nest box. Swifts have become very resourceful over the years — the chimney swift got its name from making nests in chimneys.
Photo: Darrel Birkett/Flickr
This kittiwake mom is clearly tired after a long day of taking care of her adorable chicks. These seabirds have made their nest on the rocky Staple Island in the Farne Islands, Northumberland, UK.
Photo Forest and Kim/Flickr
This wedge-tailed shearwater chick is snug as a bug in a hollowed-out fallen coconut tree. They are common throughout the Pacific, from Hawaii to Japan.
A whiskered tern feeds one of its chicks in the nest it created among the water lilies. Whiskered terns breed and nest in inland marshes, where they can quickly nab tiny fish to feed their chicks.
Photo: Ken Bosma/Flickr
This family of great horned owls has found an unusual home: the front window of a church in Green Valley, Arizona. Photographer Ken Bosma notes that this has been a popular nesting spot for at least 26 years.
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