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Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by Cerb, May 15, 2019.

  1. Cerb

    Cerb Most Honored Senior Member

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    So we have these blackbirds, they've been around for as long as we've lived here, they are nicknamed "The Rascals" because they cause all kinds of mischief, steeling plants etc. Now I noticed that they've built a nest in our car port, right outside the front door. We can't stop using the front door and it can hardly be a calm environment for raising a couple of new rascals. What to do? I'm happy to let them live there, just worried that they'll eventually abandon the nest. Calling @montemerrick



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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Just ignore them and carry on about your business as usual.
     
  3. ChrisD

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    You'd be surprised where those birds will choose to nest. I'd be certain that they wouldn't have picked any location they felt threatened in to raise young so as said best just let them get on with it, the neighbourhood cat might sort it out anyway:eek:
     
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  4. Guy Named Sue

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    What a beautiful nest they've built. Would the abandon it if you were to relocate it to somewhere near, visible yet safe?
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Why would you even consider moving the nest? They may abandon it because they saw somebody getting close enough to take photographs.
     
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    Circle of life. The birds have to live with their decision. I had a bird put a nest on top of my electric meter on the side of my house right where I keep my trash cans. Every time I took out some trash, the bird flipped out and flew away for a short while. Then we had some sudden cold weather, storms, even some hail. The bird abandoned the nest. Shortly afterwards, I noticed another critter found and consumed the eggs. Probably the many Geckos we have running around. Glad my kids hadn't seen the nest or I would have to explain to them why the little baby birds are no more.
     
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    So people should just avoid using the car port or front door of the house? That nest is in environment where lots of people will be near it on daily basis.
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Not at all, they've built the nest and laid eggs in it and the people didn't disturb them while they were doing it, just leave them be.
     
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    Yeah, I think moving the nest would definitely ruin it for them.

    I didn't approach the nest to photograph it, that's the distance I have to it while going in and out of the garage.

    I guess cleaning out the garage will have to wait :)
     
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    It's always nice to have a genuine excuse to put that job off... :p
     
  11. Guy Named Sue

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    You clearly don't know how the Swedes love to BBQ and party as soon as the weather gets hot enough. ;)
     
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    I know! Couldn't have turned out any better :)
     
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    Yes but the BBQ is not in the car port
     
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    That's a really nice construct...
    Bird nests are just amazing...
     
  15. Guy Named Sue

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    A well thought plan inviting the birds to nest there so you don't have to clean the garage, but also have the BBQ grill in another location.

    :thumb:
     
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    I have a robin's nest under my deck next to the basement door. I'm in and out of there all the time. Once in awhile the bird will take off, but usually she stays put as long as I don't get too close...
     
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    cool pic!
    the Swifts returned here just last week on their yearly sojourn from Africa
     
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  18. montemerrick

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    i'd leave them alone... enjoy their company while they're here - they'll be gone and off to college in the blink of an eye (about 4 weeks after hatching.) - not sure about Sweden but in North America it is illegal* to interfere with an active nest.


    *Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918
     
  19. Cerb

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    Thanks. I don't know if there are any laws but it wouldn't be strange if there was. You think they'll be OK with us going in and out?
     
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    they'll be fine, barring accidents etc. one of the fantastic aspects of birds is how close to our stupid civilization they live... they're there because its been a safe location so far... frankly the judgement of wild animals is the only judgement that matters (remembering that any creator, should there be one, is, per force, as wild AF)

    they trust you. must be a reason why.
     
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