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Old 12.04.2015, 19:45
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Re: How to deal with a Blackbird's nest?

Let's not turn this into a row. I'm going to pass on the number that Urs has given to my GF so she can ask for advice - she is probably more enthralled than I am about this, and I'm pretty enthralled myself.

At the end of the day nature will ultimately take its course.

By the way, if a cat actually got to where the nest is without falling and killing itself then I would have to concede that it would be a pretty awesome cat - I like cats as it happens.
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Re: How to deal with a Blackbird's nest?

I was thinking more along the lines of the parents getting caught while they're on the ground feeding than up at your 3 storey window. If one did manage it though I agree it would be pretty awesome.
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Old 13.04.2015, 11:40
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Re: How to deal with a Blackbird's nest?

You said the nest is in the window box. I assume that means the box you are normally supposed to plant the geraniums is?

Well maybe throwing the babies out of the nest doesn't mean throwing them down three stories but just pushing them over into the geranium patch, where they would be perfectly safe from cats etc, but still create space in the nest for the next brood?

That would make smart blackbird parents.
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Re: How to deal with a Blackbird's nest?

Slaphead, don't be surprised when all 4 eggs hatch if the mother throws one chick out of the nest. This happened when Blackbirds were nesting in a plant pot stand on our terrace. I really enjoyed the experience from the moment the mother bird started to build the nest. It was right up against the window so I saw everything from my dining table. I was very disappointed to find the nest empty 2 days after the chicks had hatched, magpies!

She built another nest in a different pot but this time the eggs didn't get to hatching stage. Nature is a cruel master!

I still felt privileged to have witnessed nature so close up.
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Slaphead, don't be surprised when all 4 eggs hatch if the mother throws one chick out of the nest. This happened when Blackbirds were nesting in a plant pot stand on our terrace. I really enjoyed the experience from the moment the mother bird started to build the nest. It was right up against the window so I saw everything from my dining table. I was very disappointed to find the nest empty 2 days after the chicks had hatched, magpies!

She built another nest in a different pot but this time the eggs didn't get to hatching stage. Nature is a cruel master!

I still felt privileged to have witnessed nature so close up.
All I'm doing really is giving them the space and freedom to do what they need to do. If it all goes south for them then they'll have perhaps learnt something and will try a better strategy next time.

If I get involved and try to get access to the area below, set up a net, work to protect the youngsters, and everything goes well, then the mama bird may well think it's ok to continue setting up nests in window boxes.

It's difficult to age a bird, but I think the mother is a young bird without too much experience, otherwise she wouldn't have set a nest so high up - blackbirds tend to set their nests close to the ground.

We'll see however.
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Orphaned birds yes, fledglings taken out of a perfectly good nest being looked after by their parents - no. If both the parents got caught by cats or otherwise killed then Slaphead could then take the orphaned fledglings to a sanctuary.
They are on 3rd floor with concrete underneath - maybe you should have read the thread before posting. Towards the end of week two the parents reduce feeding them, which in turn forces them to take the jump. Only problem is, they won't be able to fly by then, not even close.

Tough luck young ones, better luck next time
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Orphaned birds yes, fledglings taken out of a perfectly good nest being looked after by their parents - no. If both the parents got caught by cats or otherwise killed then Slaphead could then take the orphaned fledglings to a sanctuary.
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I was thinking more along the lines of the parents getting caught while they're on the ground feeding than up at your 3 storey window. If one did manage it though I agree it would be pretty awesome.
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They are on 3rd floor with concrete underneath - maybe you should have read the thread before posting. Towards the end of week two the parents reduce feeding them, which in turn forces them to take the jump. Only problem is, they won't be able to fly by then, not even close.

Tough luck young ones, better luck next time
I did. Perhaps you missed my replies. Third floor or not, it's still (unfortunately) not a good enough reason to remove them from the nest when the parents are there to take for them.

It's not only blackbirds either, last year I found two dead baby sparrows on our first floor balcony. God only knows where the nests were because I couldn't see any up on the rafter beams of the roof.

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Re: How to deal with a Blackbird's nest?

Thought I'd better update this. Unfortunately it looks as if the nest has been abandoned.

The female had been on the nest pretty much permanently for the last 2 weeks until Sunday, when she just seemed to disappear. No sign of her yesterday or this morning. The eggs themselves show no sign of any hatching, which would be expected around now, so I'm guessing she gave up.

We've been very quiet in the kitchen and I think if it was anything to do with us disturbing her she would have packed up some time ago.

We'll leave the nest for the next couple of days, but even if she does return the chances of a hatch are going to be pretty much zero.

Funnily enough the male Blackbird popped round this morning, had a look, but then just flew off again.

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