Thursday, May 6, 2010

Reminder: Inspect Before You Trim Trees*

Photo: T. Glynn, May 5, 2010. A Corralitas neighbor discovered a bird's nest while trimming yuccas. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Before you hack away at trees and bushes, it's a good idea to look for birds' nests first. If you inadvertently knock a nest out of bush or a baby falls out of a nest, carefully replace it. It's a myth that birds will abandon their babies if they've been handled by a human. See the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's website for this and other frequently asked questions.

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*UPDATE 5-8-10: According to Glynn, the mother bird returned to the nest the same day. "For three days I watched her feed the babies. They were thriving. This morning a crow found and destroyed the nest. They didn't make it. So disappointing...but I'm honored to catch a moment in their very short lives."