Bother. Stupid bird.

I’ve been tied up with stuff for the past few days, stuff I’m not prepared to talk about here just yet. But by way of actual progress I am still hoping to finish the cabin trim this week. So look who decided to interfere…

I’d have been absolutely delighted to host that bird and her offspring, say starting next week. But noooo…

Now what am I supposed to do?

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7 Responses to Bother. Stupid bird.

  1. Kentucky says:

    If it’s important to get the job done, I’d just go ahead and paint. It should only take you a couple of minutes to do the area immediately adjacent to the nest. She may complain, but she’ll return the minute you’re away from home base.

  2. Ruth says:

    Are there eggs in the nest? Its illegal to disturb the nest once there’s eggs or babies in it, but if there isn’t you can do what you need to do.

    Plus yes, if all you need to do is paint Kentucky is right, just get it over and done and move on, momma will be peeved, but thats not the end of the world.

  3. Kentucky says:

    And you do realize that if she stays and raises her brood there, you will have nasty streaks of bird poop down your recently-painted siding.

    Ya can’t win.

  4. Edward says:

    It is “illegal” to move a nest? But if the wind or a scavenging critter does it, that is OK?

    Am very curious what critter(s) is/are so protected in AZ that it is a felony to disturb a nest.

    What would happen if you paint the one to the left, then after it dries, move the nest to that space, same orientation?

    I am about to remove a nest from the top of our porch light, silly Robbins nested there and now there is bird poop all over the wall and welcome mat. They are gone after 4 weeks and I don’t see any cat leftovers, so it is likely the 3 fledglings have flown. Nasty guano tho’

  5. Ben says:

    Whatever you decide to do about that particular nest, you may want to make some building modifications to remove those handy nest nooks.

  6. While they’re just eggs the odds are very high that if you just get in there quick and tcob the mamma will get over it – even if she stays near and frets. Now – once the chicks hatch and they are old enough to see you – they might bail from the nest if you get within a foot or two. Use a miror to check their status if you can’t get you head up up there. Once they’ve hatched the momma’s behavior will change from sitting to fetching food – unless the male is helping.

    It could be a lot of different birds – but I’m guessing it’s a Phoebe based on location and appearance. They’re hardworking, spartan, and they eat a lot of flying bugs – fun to watch.

    Btw – very sorry to read about LB. the loss of a friend is tough.

  7. Ruth says:

    Edward, pretty much any native bird species is protected (except during specific hunting seasons, and as otherwise provided by specific exemptions), and messing with a nest that contains eggs/babies is illegal. Doesn’t stop some folks from doing it, but that is federal law.

    Non-natives, including but not limited to House Sparrows and Starlings, are not protected and unless your state/county/town has differing laws you can do anything you feel like as long as any killing is done in a humane fashion.

To the stake with the heretic!