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Posted: 06/06/21 01:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Now for 5 or 6 years apparently the same mall bird has nested on one of our rear porch fans,...r maybe it is one of it's offspring.
It is a is a grey to black bird, and the male has a small black crest but it extends it sometimes, that is usually down. Female does not have the crest and is rarely seen.She is on the nest most of the time,maybe.
They make a mess on the porch. We see the male on the antenna dish often or in one of the oaks. He is constantly scanning for bugs we can't usually see under the roof of the porch or just outside it. He is lightning quick and spend more time catching bugs than watching for them.
I spend sometime this morning trying to identify our little bird and in years past. have not located a photo of one yet.
What could I do to make a nesting site to draw it from the fans?
This year it did choose the fan next to the one it has used for all the other years.
Any ideas what our little birds might be?

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Take photo. Also. When NOT nesting, move nest a slight distance toward where you want it over several nesting seasons. Not a simple task, but may work. If you destroy it, the birds will probably rebuild it. If you move it slightly, it might work.

We tried to move an osprey nest once, built on a light pole for our high school baseball field. Osprey pair returned from the south, carried the pieces of the nest we moved one by one back to the light pole and rebuild the nest. Ospreys are a protected species, so we had to meet guidelines.

Eventually, we moved the night games to day games. The ospreys finally left and abandoned the nest about five years later.


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Give em a 5 coupon ride.



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Posted: 06/07/21 07:06am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sounds like you have a phoebe nest. These flycatchers love to nest under cover on some man made ledge. We’ve enjoyed them anywhere we’ve lived. Just clean up the worst of the nest every fall and be happy that they’re helping eliminate those pesky flying bugs!


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