Do you ever see a bird’s nest attached to a rafter on your house? Or, maybe you see one high in your maple tree. How do you think a bird determines where to build the nest? The most crucial consideration a bird has when choosing a spot to build the nest is safety. They want to be at peace in their nest. They want to lay their eggs and not need to worry about predators. Fortunately, birds can fly, so this allows them to build their nest high up. This makes it more difficult for any predator to reach them there.
The Cute Little Birds’ Nest
When you think of a bird’s nest, you envision a cute little home placed in the nook of a tree. However, the truth is, birds couldn’t care less about the appearance of their temporary home. They are not picky. Any place, high in the air, a porch, a tree branch, a loose board on your roof is acceptable for the bird as long as it can build a nest. All they need is a safe location, and enough space to cram their nesting materials together to form a nest. This will do just fine.
Predators Still Attempt To Attack The Birds’ Nest
Although birds can fly, some of their predators can also zoom through the air. These include owls, hawks, and other birds. If they have the opportunity, they will be delighted to stop by and scoop up an egg or two for an enjoyable breakfast. Sadly, if mama bird gets too distracted, her life might be cut short as they might eat her as well. To avoid this disaster, you sometimes see nests inside of plumbing ventilation shafts, damaged shingles, gutters, chimneys, or other places where it is tighter and more challenging to spot a nest. This gives the mama bird, her eggs, and future babies better protection.
Food Is Another Consideration
Aside from safety, the mama bird must consider if the birds nest is located close to a food supply. This is because she constantly retrieves foods, returns to the nest, and repeats this over and over. This is why it is so important to have a nearby food supply. Birds do enjoy finding worms, although they also retrieve berries, nuts, small insects, garden vegetables, fruit, and seeds to feed their young ones. If you have a tree in your yard that drops seeds or nuts, or if your neighbor has a bird feeder, it is like hitting the jackpot to the mother bird.
The next time you see a mother bird feeding her babies, just think about all of the work she went through prior to the eggs hatching. Some mama birds have papa birds to help them. Those who are not that fortunate carry the full responsibility from building the nest to setting the babies loose when that day arrives.
Imagine the work of finding a location, gathering all of the materials to build the nest, laying the eggs, and watching over the babies – making sure they are well-fed. A lot of work goes into raising a baby bird.