My Best Nest: A Purple Martin Story
Nesting material scavenger hunt
Purple Martin NestlingsEnemy #1: StarlingEnemy #2: House SparrowMartin HooligansFeeding time!Bird features"My Best Nest," the bookA tale of beginningsBibliographyUseful linksActivities for kidsStudent ExercisesFor librariansAuthor and contributorsBuy the book

Find the following bits of nesting material, all of which may be found on the cover of the book.

Which of these can you also find inside the book?


  1. Broken pine needles
  2. A sprig of poverty weed (Filago nivea)
  3. A child's hair barrette
  4. Oat straw
  5. Twigs from assorted trees
  6. A plantain seed head (Plantago species)
  7. Green and dry live oak leaves (Quercus virginiana
  8. An elytron of a May beetle
  9. A drinking straw
  10. A candy wrapper
  11. A pencil stub
  12. A freshwater bivalve shell