Nest in Bird House but I am moving

lmduncanMarch 17, 2012

Hi everyone, I am hoping someone can give me some advice. I have had a birdhouse on my patio forever and never has a bird used it before, so it was pretty much for looks. Well, my lease is up at the end of April and I will be moving. However, today I saw that a bird has made a nest in there. My room-mate told me she thought she saw a robin fly out of it. Any chance it will be gone by the end of April?

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lisa11310(z5 MI)

Robins don't nest in boxes. See if you can ID the bird they all have different nesting timetables. Depending on the bird it may be gone by then. What does the nest look like/ made of?

    Bookmark   March 19, 2012 at 12:43PM
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lmduncan

Well, it's in one of those wooden birdhouse, the link below shows a pic of what it pretty much looks like

http://images.lowes.com/product/converted/878834/878834000561xl.jpg

The actual nest is mostly made of pine straw and dead leaves and takes up most of the interior space. I'm not really sure how else to describe it. I haven't actually seen the bird myself. I live in Raleigh NC if that is any help.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2012 at 1:13PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

If there are no eggs in the bird house, just dump the contents and pack it away. I would do that today. Birds will move and rebuild.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2012 at 12:48PM
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lisa11310(z5 MI)

Not if it's a Native bird protected by law!

    Bookmark   March 20, 2012 at 4:03PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

If the nest is 'under construction' and has NO EGGS and NO CHICKS it is legal to get rid of it. At that point, it is simply a bundle of straw, sticks, mud, and/or whatever. Such a nest falls into the category of being an 'inactive nest'...no eggs or chicks.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2012 at 12:19PM
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lmduncan

Alright everyone, thanks! I think I may have accidentally scared it off by looking in it. There was no bird in the nest last night unless it has more than one nest (I don't know if that's possible but just a guess). I will take it down; the actual bird house has sentimental value to me so I would hate to leave it. In all the three years I've lived here, never before has a bird even started a nest in it (as it's in a very busy area), so I was surprised.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2012 at 6:33PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Most birds don't sleep in a nest or even sit in one, unless it has eggs or babies. Nests are pretty much used as 'cradles', so to speak.

Be sure to empty the birdhouse out and clean it carefully. Birds are soooooo buggy. And if you empty the contents out in the open somewhere, everything will be quickly recycled to other birds' nest.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2012 at 11:25PM
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