Wildlife experts explain why everyone needs to check for tiny bird nests before pruning in garden


If you grow shrubs and trees in your garden, you might want to check them first before you start pruning. Or else, you might accidentally destroy some innocent hummingbirds’ nest!

Many people simply assume that birds build their nests up on the high branches of trees or in the wild. While it is true for most birds, it is a different story with hummingbirds.

Hummingbirds typically build their nest everywhere ranging from tree branches, bushes, cavities and even on the ground.

Credit: Flickr/Tristan Ferne

Like other birds, hummingbirds build their nest from a mixture of mud, plant fibers, twigs, saliva, and animal hair.

The nest acts as their home; keeping them warm and safe from predators.

However, hummingbirds’ nest is extremely small. As their eggs are minuscule in size, it is not a surprise that the birds’ nest is only the size of jelly beans.

Hence, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a reminder for everyone especially avid gardeners who would like to prune their trees and bushes during spring season.

Credit: Facebook/Kelly Campbell via USFWS

In a Facebook post that has made multiple rounds on social media, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wrote, “Hummingbird eggs are tiny, about the size of jelly beans! Please remember to carefully check for nests before you trim trees and shrubs this spring.”

In circumstances where you find a bird nest in your garden, it is best to leave the nest alone and not to tamper it.

This means that you cannot prune the tree or bush where the bird’s nest is built or to move it to another place.

Credit: Flickr/ Mike’s Birds

Depending on your local laws, removing the bird nest might be illegal!

Thus, it is best to check with your local laws first and whether or not the nest is still occupied by birds or eggs

So, the next time you want to prune the bushes and trees in your garden, you might want to check whether or not there is a tiny hummingbirds’ nest first!

Credit: Facebook/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


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