Saturday, May 28, 2011

What to do if a nest is blown from a tree

My friend Jayme has allowed me to share these photographs and instructions with you.

Recently, while trimming bushes in her yard, she accidentally tore a down a bush that held a robin's nest! Can you tell in the picture below that she is holding the nest with three little fledglings in her hand? Two of the baby birds are easy to spot, because their beaks are open, but look carefully, or click on the picture to enlarge it and see if you can find the third one . . . He's pretty well hidden, isn't he?

Jayme called the experts at the Department of Natural Resources who told her that the safest thing to do in a situation like this, is to relocate the nest as closely as possible to the spot from which it fell. This is a time for adults to help! They will probably use a ladder to place the nest and the baby birds up in a tree and tie it securely with something like Jayme used, a zip-tie. What a great idea!

When I searched for more information for you, I discovered that an adult should try to place the nest at a joint, between two branches.

There are other suggestions in case the nest was somehow destroyed, or you happen to find a baby bird and you can't locate his nest. I have links below for those. Do not climb a tree to put a baby bird back! Ask an adult for help! Look at the sweet little, contented fledglings! Sound asleep. Their Mother Bird found them in just a few minutes, and they are happily snuggled into their nest in it's new tree.

nestling: noun A bird too young to leave its nest.

fledgling: noun A young bird that has recently acquired its flight feathers.

nest: noun A container or shelter made by a bird out of twigs, grass, or other material to hold its eggs and young.

As defined by The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language.

Thank you Jayme! You have shared such wonderful pictures with us!