It is important to know the difference and what you will most likely encounter. Bird’s can nest typically during the spring and summer. Since there are different types, there are also different techniques for caring for such nests.
Types of Nests
There are many different types. The simplest form is a scrape that is characterized by a very shallow depression in soil or vegetation where birds such as shorebirds, ostriches and some ducks use. Another type of nest is a mound, where eggs are buried with the help of soil, branches, twigs, and leaves. Flamingos are infamous in creating mound nests. There are some birds that create a burrow with soil to help incubate their eggs.
By using a tunnel, birds like the puffins and shearwaters are able to lay their eggs. Woodpeckers use a different type of nest for their eggs. They use a cavity which is typically seen in the trucks of tree ferns. There are many other forms that a nest can take, like a saucer, a sphere or a cup, among others. Different nests can be built with different materials, like soil, mud, twigs, grass, just to name a few. Depending on the species of bird that is using the nest will predict how the nest should be cared for.
Tips of Caring for Nests
If you see around your home that birds are preparing to make a nest to call home, there are some tips to help care for the nest they build. When a bird is actively building their nest, you may want to watch and ensure that the bird is not using inappropriate materials, such as wires. There are some birds that get extremely territorial when they have a nest, like mockingbirds. If you encounter their nests, they will fly toward you in an effort to get you to move away. Be watchful when around nests and try not to disturb them unless absolutely necessary.
For some scenarios, you should refrain from adding to the nest yourself or moving the nest. If there is a hazard and the nest needs to be removed, you need to be extremely careful. If eggs are in the nest, they could be partially buried by mud and hard to see. You should be extremely cautious and have a plan first of where to relocate the nest.
There may be some situations where the nest may fall from the tree or branch that it was originally laid in. In these cases, wearing gloves will help keep the human scent off the nest and will help you delicately pick up the nest and replace in the surrounding area where it will not fall again.
Nests can be beautiful things to watch bird’s develop and raise their babies in. But humans need to refrain from interfering with mother nature too much.