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Dark eye Junco nest with eggs (1 Viewer)


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I sought out this forum to seek assistance.

Two weeks ago, We noticed a dark eye Junco acting overly friendly and allowing us to get unusually close. We thought she was possibly sick and expected to find her expired in the pine needles. Then last week, we discovered that she had built a carefully concealed nest and laid four eggs in a pot that will soon be in the middle of a home construction project. The workers will begin soon and it will be impossible for them to perform their work with the potted plant and nest in its current location.

Is it possible to move the potted plant with the Junco nest just 8 feet and out of the way of harm? What is the maximum i can move it and still have her find it? A second alternative is to cover the potted plant and nest with a loose sheet.

Please help.

Hi Cooerairman and welcome to the forum. I know this is not what you want to hear, but it is illegal in the U.S. to interfere with a nest. Is it possible to reschedule the work?
Hi Lisa. Thank you for your reply.
Yes, I did some research and I know its illegal to move a nest. I was hoping to define what moving actually was..... even 4 feet would make a significant difference. Unfortunately, it is a common patio area in a housing association and we are renters.
I understand. I’m not sure if that amount of movement would hurt. I would contact the HOA (I hate those things) and let them know it is illegal to disturb, damage or move the nest. Might not help but it is the law. I do feel for your situation.
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