Get Ready for Nesting Season
Be on the lookout and enjoy the show while the birds begin to build their nest! Bird nesting season usually occurs in spring (around March 20 – June 20). Many birds are gathering materials, starting construction, and even starting to care for their young.
Some birds weave together grass and twigs to form a basket. Others might use binding materials, such as mud or even their own saliva to build or help support the nest. Nest construction can take 3-4 days up to 2 weeks. Egg laying is Usually 1-2 days after nest construction.
It might surprise you to learn that they are not snuggled into cozy nests. The only time of the year when birds sleep in nests is when they are incubating eggs or keeping their young warm. During the rest of the year, birds select a roosting spot. Often they use the same roost night after night.
In general, the best thing you can do for a bird nesting near a human dwelling is to try to minimize the disturbance—stay at a respectful distance, minimize foot traffic, door openings/closings, and postpone projects or construction slated for the area. Never attempt to remove or relocate a nest if there are birds or eggs present. It is best to wait until after nesting season for any removal or relocation. Eggs in a nest without signs of the parents don’t necessarily mean the nest has been abandoned.
Enjoy this video of some bird friends making a nest: