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cissie
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Default  Posted: 8:45 AM, July 6th (Saturday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Mining the collective wisdom. Has anyone ever moved a birds nest? I have one on a piece of outdoor equipment that HAS to be serviced. It cannot wait. They are coming on Monday and I just noticed there are birds going in and out. I thought it was just a few odd twigs sticking out under the cap. Never thought of a nest.

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Nature_Girl
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Default  Posted: 11:40 AM, July 6th (Saturday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

what kind of bird?


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cissie
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Default  Posted: 5:02 PM, July 6th (Saturday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I have only seen it once. It is small, about 3-4" and is a very dark brown.
I have not taken the lid off the nest, but it is made of twigs and looks a bit untidy. Not like a swallows nest.

It is also not a good place for a nest as the cap is black plastic and has actually deformed in the heat (think Salvadore Dali). I am afraid the chicks, if any, will be fried, or baked.
There is a Juniper tree beside it which is the usual nesting place, but we disturbed it this year by cutting it back as it was too close to the house.


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Lucky2HaveMe
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Default  Posted: 7:51 PM, July 6th (Saturday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I bet Sad in AZ could tell you!


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caregiver9000
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Default  Posted: 8:13 PM, July 6th (Saturday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I read that if a bird's nest is dislodged during trimming that you can attach it with wire somewhere nearby and the parent birds will find it. If there are no eggs yet, the birds may just start over.

Small busy brown birds sounds like a wren. I have seen them build a nest in a day. One time they built in my mailbox and once in a decorative wreath on the door to the house that was used as the entry to the house. In other words, it was opened several times a day. The birds gave that up after a few days before egg laying thankfully.


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cissie
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Default  Posted: 8:57 PM, July 6th (Saturday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

We had something similar in another house where the birds built nests in the lamps by the front door.
We just had to avoid using the lights until the fall. This is different.

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cissie
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Default  Posted: 8:58 PM, July 6th (Saturday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

We had something similar in another house where the birds built nests in the lamps by the front door.
We just had to avoid using the lights until the fall. This is different. I will have to move them. Hopefully there will be no eggs or chicks.

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cissie
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Default  Posted: 12:18 PM, July 7th (Sunday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Thanks to all who offered suggestions.
I took the cap off and indeed there was a nest with 9 eggs in it. By the color and size they were wren's eggs. There were no parents around so perhaps they had abandoned it.

I got a couple of kitchen spatulas and lifted it off and put it into the juniper tree beside it.

I am afraid the eggs may have been damaged by the heat, but will keep an eye out for any activity


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caregiver9000
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Default  Posted: 12:59 PM, July 7th (Sunday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

NINE eggs! Wow. I hope the parent birds come back. Such fun to watch the babies learn to fly. I will watch for updates!


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TrulyReconciled
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Default  Posted: 11:29 AM, July 8th (Monday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Technically, if you are talking about an American migratory songbird nest - http://www.fws.gov/birds/songbird-fact-sheet.pdf - you are violating federal law by moving it or destroying it.

Wrens are songbirds. The following wrens are protected (I think this is pretty much all of them):

WREN, Bewick’s Thryomanes bewickii
Cactus, Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus
Canyon, Catherpes mexicanus
Carolina, Thryothorus ludovicianus
House, Troglodytes aedon
Marsh, Cistothorus palustris
Rock, Salpinctes obsoletus
Sedge, Cistothorus platensis
Winter, Troglodytes troglodytes

[This message edited by TrulyReconciled at 11:34 AM, July 8th (Monday)]


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