Birds are an important part of our ecosystem and they play a crucial role in maintaining the balance of nature. They not only provide us with beautiful melodies, but also play an important role in pollination and seed dispersal.

When do birds nest and how can we help them during their nesting season? In this article, we'll answer these questions and provide some tips on how to support our feathered friends.

When Do Birds Nest?

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Most birds in North America start nesting in the spring, typically between March and June. However, the exact timing can vary depending on the species and location.

Some birds, like hummingbirds, may start nesting as early as February, while others, like robins, may start as late as July.

How to Help Birds During Nesting Season?

1. Provide food and water:


During nesting season, birds need a lot of food and water to nourish themselves and their young. Provide a bird feeder and bird bath in your backyard to help them thrive. The ideal height for a bird bath is between 2 to 3 feet above the ground. This height attracts a greater number of birds while minimizing the risk of predation. Furthermore, bird baths positioned at this height are less accessible to cats, keeping the birds safe.

2. Provide nesting boxes or birdhouses

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To provide a safe place for birds to raise their young, you can offer nesting boxes or birdhouses in your backyard. However, it's crucial to position the birdhouse correctly to protect the birds from predators and harsh weather. Ideally, birdhouses and nest boxes should be located 5-30 feet (1.5-9.1 m) above the ground, away from hanging branches, and attached to a smooth pole or tree. This setup will prevent predators like squirrels and raccoons from accessing the nest. Alternatively, you can use a wooden box or wicker basket instead of a nestbox.

3. Provide necessary nesting materials for birds

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Birds require materials such as dried twigs, leaves, and grass to create their nests. You can provide these materials by placing them in a pile outside or draping them over vegetation in your yard. Another option is to leave out human or animal hair for the nest.

However, it's crucial to avoid putting out tinsel, plastic, or tin foil because these materials can be dangerous for birds. Remember to choose only natural and safe materials for birds to use in their nests.

4. Keep the nesting environment safe
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Cats are natural predators of birds and can cause significant damage to nests and young birds. If you have pets, it's best to keep them indoors during the nesting season to protect our feathered friends.

In addition, it's essential to avoid using pesticides or herbicides in your yard, as they can be lethal to smaller birds. Moreover, birds may unknowingly use herbicide-covered foliage to create their nest, which can be unhealthy for hatchlings. To prevent harm to birds, it's best to avoid using these harmful chemicals during the nesting months of spring and summer.

5. Never approach or touch the nest

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Trees and bushes serve as natural habitats for birds to build their nests. To avoid disturbing the birds, it's best to refrain from trimming trees and bushes during nesting season. 

Moreover, never approach or touch the nest as visiting the nest could leave your scent, which could attract predators. Although it may be tempting to get a closer look at the nest, revisiting the area could put the birds and hatchlings in danger. Remember to maintain a respectful distance from the nest and allow the birds to raise their young without any interference.

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January 04, 2024 — Support Customer

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