Colorful eggs are featured throughout the Chesapeake watershed this month. A look at nests throughout the watershed would also reveal that Mother Nature has colorful eggs in store.

To help you match the birds with the egg descriptions, remember that generally, but not always, the more open the nest, the more likely the eggs will blend in with it and the surrounding habitat.

A. American Kestrel
B. American Woodcock
C. Black-Capped Chickadee
D. Black Scoter
E. Catbird
F. Common Loon
G. Eastern Wood Peewee
H. Great Blue Heron
I. Northern Oriole
J. Olive-Sided Flycatcher
K. Robin
L. Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
M. Ruffed Grouse
N. Upland Sandpiper
O. Wood Thrush

1. The bird’s brilliant 28 mm eggs are a distinctive shade of blue that is named for them.

2. These white eggs are only 13 mm long.

3. These 23 mm eggs are pale gray to bluish white with dark marks.

4. These 24 mm blue-green eggs have brown marks.

5. These 39 mm eggs are buff with light brown spots.

6. These 35 mm eggs are white to pinkish white with brown, and sometimes lavender, markings.

7. These 89 mm eggs are olive brown to olive green with occasional black and brown marks.

8. These 64 mm eggs are pale bluish green.

9. These 62 mm eggs are light, pinkish buff.

10. These 38 mm eggs are a pinkish buff cinnamon with brown markings that are somewhat wreathed.

11. These 45 mm eggs are a creamy pinkish buff with reddish brown marks.

12. These 22 mm white, buff pale salmon eggs are often wreathed with light brown and olive marks.

13. These 18 mm creamy white eggs have brown and purple marks.

14. These 16 mm white eggs have reddish brown marks.

15. These greenish blue eggs are 25 mm.

Practice Good Egg-tiquette

Be a “Good Egg” when observing a nest. View eggs from as far away as possible—with binoculars, if possible—so as not to disturb the incubation process or attract the attention of a predator.


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