Post # 1
See, this is why I never garden.
I was taking two hanging baskets down to water. I carried them both to the water spicket, and that’s when I noticed a nest with two tiny eggs in it. I went to hang the basket back up…but I can’t remember which basket was on the left and which basket was on the right.
I told my FH and he’s acting like I did something REALLY WRONG. Now I feel really bad. I’m worried the Mommy Bird won’t be able to find the nest…although the baskets are only hanging about five feet apart.
Post # 3
I don’t think there is anything you can do. If you move it again or touch it, she might not come back.
Post # 4
I think as long as you hang it right back up there shouldn’t be a problem usually, though, when you touch the nest and/or eggs that momma bird won’t come back.
Post # 5
Apparently it depends on how far into the incubating process the nest is. Whether they come back or not depends on how “attached”/invested in the nest the mother bird is. So, all you can really do is hope for the best. They aren’t really birds yet anyway– just eggs. So don’t feel too badly.
Post # 6
I would guess that if you just hand it back up without touching the eggs or nest it will be fine. The mama bird will be able to figure out which basket it is in. Don’t worry too much, you didn’t do anything wrong, you had no idea the nest was in there.
Post # 7
Thanks for the advice and reassurance y’all! I had to go to work so I told Fiance to monitor the nest while he folded clothes…hee hee hee.
Post # 9
I’m scared to take the basket down to look in there. Maybe I will when I get home tonight though – think I should? I figure if worse comes to worst, I’ll hear them peeping and if no mommy bird takes care of them, I’ll take them to the piedmont wildlife center near us.
Post # 10
Just checked on the nest and Mama Bird flew out – I know she TOTALLY hates me now! But now I know she’s in there and there are 3 eggs in there now!
I will not touch it anymore, I swear.
Post # 11
It is NOT TRUE that bird eggs or babies get ignored if touched by humans.
Just put it back.
Post # 12
It’s actually a myth that a bird won’t come back if you’ve touched the nest. Birds have almost no sense of smell and won’t even know you were there unless they see you.. and even then they will likely still come back. Just FYI : )
Post # 13
I am so glad they are ok. We have an empty nest in a tree outside. The babies were finally big enough to leave the nest. I miss watching them eat. They are soo cute and fun to watch!!
Post # 15
Hahaha, funny you ask because I was just thinking of writing an update post.
The bird came back and there were 3 eggs (1 more than original). So I thought everything was cool for awhile, I decided to check on it a week after that…and the nest was empty!
Soooooooo, I don’t know what happened!?! Did a snake crawl into the hanging basket and eat the eggs? Did the bird parents carry the eggs to a new place (I realize this is probably impossible but the thought of it makes me smile)? Or, did the birds hatch, mature, and fly way in a week – seems unlikely right? I don’t know what happened. 🙁