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Old 03-31-2016, 06:45 AM
 
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I started to notice a little bird flying out of a wreath that hangs on my front door whenever my family is coming or going. So because it scares us as well as visitors approaching I decided to take it down. So to my surprise I found a beautifully built nest with 5 tiny eggs. My son and I are in awe of it, we've even named her Lulu. But I don't know the process of how long it takes to hatch, how long they'll stay before being able to fly away, or how gracious Lulu will continue to be after they've hatched with being protective and all with it being such an active entryway. It is the only entryway into our home and the biggest issue is we're still startled and scared coming and going. As much as I don't want to disturb nature and a new family, we're really not comfortable leaving it there. Any suggestions?
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Old 03-31-2016, 08:19 AM
 
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With most of these birds that nest around the house the whole process takes roughly about 4 weeks from the time they lay their eggs until they hatch. We have an Eastern phoebe nest in a corner of the house that's protected by an overhang portion of the roof. It gets a little messy by the time they are through, but I clean it up..... no big deal. They've been nesting there for years now. After the baby birds hatch, they will all be gone in a day or two until next year.

If the location bothers you, re-locate it some place nearby after the momma bird has flown out. It should be in a place that she can easily see when she flies back to your entry way. Also in a place that provides a little overhead shelter from rain, etc. if at all possible.

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Old 03-31-2016, 08:24 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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Don't move it too far or the bird will abandon it.
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Old 03-31-2016, 06:31 PM
 
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My sister had the same thing. A finch nested in her Christmas wreath. The birds got used to my sister and her husband coming and going!
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Old 03-31-2016, 06:34 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Put up a sign Directing Visitors to Back Door
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Old 03-31-2016, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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We had a bird nest in a pinecone wreath and thought it was great fun. We took pictures every day and couldn't wait to see the eggs hatch. Then we saw a black snake going straight up the wall and next thing we knew we had little feathers all over the porch. Snakes love to raid bird nests. Don't know what I could have done to save them as black snakes are everywhere.
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Old 04-01-2016, 05:20 PM
 
Location: The South
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Just leave it alone and enjoy it. You should feel honored the bird picked you.
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Old 04-02-2016, 12:03 AM
 
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Are you kidding? You have a front row seat! I'd just use the back door for the next 6-8 weeks. We recently had our gutters replaced, and the gutter guy called me outside to show me a nest in the old gutter, with newborn birds. I know a bit about birds, and knew that the parents were nearby, watching every move we made. We gently removed the nest, laid it on the ground, he put up the new gutters, then we put the nest back where it had been. Soon after, I saw the parents fussing over their babies.
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Old 04-03-2016, 05:47 AM
 
Location: The Driftless Area, WI
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That must be more common than we think. My cousin had a mourning dove nest in the wreath on her front door too. They usually use the back door, so it was no problem to leave it alone.

Since this is your only door, you may want to move it, but as others have suggested, do it gradually--only a foot or two every day or two until its conveniently placed for all of you.
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Old 04-03-2016, 03:18 PM
 
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Cool.
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