Help regarding Blackbird nest

Hello All,  I recently removed a garden shed which has a hedge at the back that is technically in the neighbours garden.  Since removing we have now exposed a Blackbirds nest - and it is very exposed!  There are currently 3 eggs in the nest and we think that they will be due to hatch from next week.  My problem being that I have 2 spaniel type dogs, who so far have not shown interest or acknowledged the nest but I am near certain this will change once the eggs hatch.  Will the fledgings instinctively know to go to the garden that has more shrubbery/hedges and coverage than I have?  Or should I be looking at screening it off from my side to almost force them to go the other way?  We are also due to have another garden building built over the next 2 weeks and I am not sure if legally we can do this as they will be working very close to the nest area?  Any help or advise much appreciated!

   

  • Unfortunate situation but you must not, by law, take any action that will interfere with nesting ... just keep watch for any fledglings in your garden, with any luck the parent birds will be foraging next door & encourage youngsters to follow! I think it advisable to put off your new garden build til after birds have fledged if possible!

     

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  • In reply to WendyBartter:

    Hi Wendy, Thank you - Will def be delaying the new build going up as it will be so close to the nesting site and I would not want any harm to come to the birds or babies. I really hope that the parents do encourage them to go into the neighbouring property as it is so much more secluded than mine with grass, and shrubbery where they can hide and feed. My 2 dogs have a high hunting instinct and i really worry that if they come onto my property they will try and get to the fledglings.
  • AlioC said:

    Since removing we have now exposed a Blackbirds nest - and it is very exposed!  There are currently 3 eggs in the nest and we think that they will be due to hatch from next week.  

    How are you working out that hatching estimate?

  • Great news about postponing the build ... as you can see into nest so clearly you should be able to judge when babies are about to fledge & maybe keep your dogs in at that time !  Hopefully they will not re-use this nest for another brood & your life can resume!

     

     2013 photos & vids here

    eff37 on Flickr

  • In reply to Robbo:

    We removed the shed on Friday the 2nd and there was no sign of bird or eggs. Then when we checked on the Sunday 4th she had laid one, and yesterday we noticed 3 in there. So we were guessing that they would possible be ready to hatch from next week as it would be around 2 weeks from we seen the first egg.
  • Blackbirds don't start incubating until the last egg is laid. 3 might be the limit, but often 4. It'll be two weeks from start of incubation. Got to say, no blackbird nest would survive here if it was that exposed. Even well hidden ones are found more often than not (usually by magpies).
  • In reply to Robbo:

    Thanks Robbo, wasn't sure if incubation started with the first egg, so we were really just guessing that we could possibly see the first hatch on or around the 18th. I have a fear of magpies getting there first as we live beside a park and we tend to have alot of magpies in and around the area :( We have moved a bay tree that we have infront of the nest to try and give a bit more coverage, so will be crossing fingers and toes that it helps a little.