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#413977 05/02/08 03:47 PM
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Hi-
I am new here and need some advice!
I was watering one of my potted plants last week and noticed a bird nest hidden behind the plant inside the pot! It is right next to my front door! I finally figured out that it was a Oregon Junco. Every morning there has been a new egg, there is now 4 eggs in the nest.
My question is, how can I continue to water my plant? When the babies hatch will they be safe?? I also have 3 young boys whom I have not shown them the nest but it will be hard to not see it when there is babies!
Should I move the whole pot? It is in a shaded and dry spot.

Thank you!!

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We barricaded our front entry walk to protect our new bird nest on the entry wall from visitors going up that way. This won't work for you.

Can you rig up a drip tube system (not a soaker hose but the type that will insert a tube in a pot). That way, all pots have tubes an you just turn it on at the water source. Now would be the time while the eggs aren't hatched yet.

As for safe, that is something you probably can't control. The smallest may even get kicked out the nest if there isn't room. Cats, racoons and other animals can get to them.


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That female bird had to notice you watering the plant but it didn't stop her from continuing to lay eggs. I think that you can keep watering the plant as long as you don't make a big fuss about it. I wouldn't move the pot now, she will surely abandon the nest, but once the babies are hatched and peeping a lot you may be able to move it to a higher, safer spot. Birds are so keyed into the noise their chicks make that they will usually follow them to a new site.
As for the boys, this may be a good time to teach them about how birds nest, and how important it is to leave the babies alone. Is there a good place that the boys can watch the nest from without bothering the birds? Those chicks will be out of the nest in a couple of weeks after hatching, so it isn't a long-term problem.

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I am scared to show my boys....lol..
I have a 6 year old, 4 year old and a 2 year old. I know that my oldest would be so happy to watch and learn but I dont think I trust the other two to leave the birds alone. They would mean no harm but I am afraid as it is! It is right outside my door! I have already told friends to go to the back door! All day today the male and the female have been very close to the nest, more than the past few days.
How long does it take for the babies to hatch? How long before they leave?
I am a new to bird watching, a few years now, and this is very special to me and I would be crushed if something happened!!!
Sometimes we dont think about how delicate nature is until it is right outside our front door, literally.

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Maybe you can take pictures each day and show them the pictures, but not tell them where the nest is? That way they can have fun learning about the nest and enjoying it, without going and hurting it by accident ... and then once the chicks fly off you can show them where they had been.

Is your front door on a porch or up steps? Maybe you can fence it off somehow for a few weeks? That way cats would stay away without moving the pot ...


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