Nidification: noun; [zoology] nest-building; origin: mid 17th century from Latin nidificat– ‘made into a nest’ (from the verb nidificare, from nidus ‘nest’) + -ation (Oxford Dictionary).
This might not be the time of year for nest-building for most critters (though I did spot a Magpie poking a stick into what looked like a potential nest site yesterday) but it is the time of year, with the trees bare of leaves, when you can see some of our birds’ nest-building efforts from earlier this year, and previous years, if they’re birds that keep the same nest site year after year. And I only just learnt this new word this week so thought I’d pass it on.
What a great word! The nests are so unmissable when the leaves have fallen. With the leaves the birds must be so much more aware of us than we are of them.
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All those wary eyes watching us from the greenery! 🙂