Oology - Collectible Birds Nest And Eggs
What is Oology?
The science of Oology or collecting collectible birds nest and eggs may not be as popular as it was a few decades ago, but it sure is as much fun as anything can be, for the enthusiast. Oology was quite popular in the 19th & 20th century and was also considered an inseparable part of Ornithology or the study of birds. However, many countries decided to ban the collection of collectible eggs and birds' nests after labeling it as an illegal activity. Along with the ban, the relative decrease in interest in one of nature's finest creations has made this hobby quite rare and difficult to follow.
While collectible birds' eggs may be difficult or illegal to come by, you can still build up your collection of collectible birds' nests to make the most of your interests and time. Many people spend their time dwelling in Ornithology and Oology together. While they watch a bird's nesting behaviour for most of the year, they get to see the young ones grow and leave the nest, abandoning it for the hobbyist's collection.
If you are really lucky, you might find an abandoned nest with an egg for your collectible birds' nest and eggs hobby. However, you need to be absolutely sure, in such cases, that the nest is completely abandoned. A few days of watch should be sufficient enough for you to know the whereabouts of the parents, if they are still coming back. Nests, with eggs, can be abandoned for a number of reasons including the death of the parent birds or a change in their plans.
Oology or the science of collectible birds' nests and eggs is a wonderful way to learn about the house building and egg-laying behaviour of a number of varieties of birds in the wild.
To pursue your Oology hobby or collectible birds' nest and eggs hobby, it is important to keep a few vital points such as the best technique to collect a nest is to try and cut the branch on which the nest is placed. This allows you to bring the entire nest down without damaging the structure in trying to uproot it from its perch. All nests will dry out after a while and at that point of time, to maintain your collectible birds' nests and eggs, you will need to use a thin steel wire to tie the nest to the branch and keep it from falling off.
The branch itself can be hung on the wall using some wire or screws. This allows you to create a display case that has a real branch and nest in it, giving your display room a beautiful natural atmosphere rather than just placing the nest in a display case.
In case you can't cut of the branch, don't fret ‘cause a cardboard box will do just as well in keeping the nest safe. If you are willing to invest more, get an acrylic display case and place the collectible birds' nests or eggs in it.
In most cases, you will find collectible birds' nests and eggs in winter primarily because almost all birds migrate during the winter months, leaving their nests and, in some rare cases, eggs behind. The materials of these nests are also quite varied from bird-to-bird as some birds prefer certain materials while others differ. In many cases, you may come across collectible birds' nests and eggs that are absolutely unidentifiable. In such cases, you have no option but to just add them to your collection without any nomenclature.
Oology or Collectible birds' nests and eggs are difficult hobbies to pursue. Whether your motivation is scientific or purely personal pleasure, you are sure to find a wonderful sense of challenge and satisfaction in Oology or the hobby of collecting collectible birds' nests and eggs.