Birds all throughout Maryland and the east coast love to nest in trees around residential homes. It is important to be quite cautious when you see a nest, as you do not want to cause any harm to the birds of their young while maintaining or protecting your trees. Here are a few helpful tips for how to safely deal with bird nests in your trees!
Figure Out if the Nest is Active
Don’t approach or try to remove the nest immediately. Instead, see if there are birds currently living in the nest or not. Use binoculars if required, and keep an eye out on the nest for a couple of days. Note whether it sees any activity and, if it does, whether or not there are any baby birds inside.
See What the Nest is Composed Of
Do you see any of the components of the bird’s nest? Different species of birds use various materials to build their nests, and handling the nest could be easier if you’re able to identify what the nest is composed of. Common nest items include:
Locate the Species of Bird Nesting
With an active bird’s nest, it is easier to determine the bird species inside, as you can observe and take notes once the birds are present. An empty nest is much more difficult, especially if the bird has not left any feathers or traces of its presence behind. If there are any eggs, their appearance might help you identify the kind of bird living in the tree.
Check with Local Bird Nest Removal Rules
In a lot of spots, it is unlawful to disturb the peace of certain birds, even if they’re simply nesting in a tree on your own property. If a protected species of bird is nesting in your tree, you might be fined or penalized if you remove or mess with the nest. Keep this in mind next time you see a bird’s nest.
Get in Touch with Your Local Arborist
If you are unsure whether the nest is hurting your tree, get in touch with Harford Tree. We’re experts in tree health and tree maintenance and have the knowledge to help you with any questions regarding your property’s trees.
Tree Care and Maintenance from Harford Tree
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