Blackbird nest not in a good place - what do I do?

Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 5,014

Just outside my lounge I have a big star jasmine against a fence.

Every year blackbirds build a nest in the jasmine.
I watch as they build the nest but leave them in peace.
Every year by mid summer I notice the blackbirds have gone and when I look in the nest there are just the remains of the broken eggs - I 'm guessing squirrels have eaten them.
This has happened for about the last 5-6 years - every year eggs are destroyed.

Over the last couple of days I see a pair of blackbirds once again building a nest in the same spot.

What should I do leave them to it, or keep pulling out the nest they're building until the get the message?

I love to watch them, but am heartbroken that the eggs never get to hatch

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,088

    All part of nature, leave it alone.

  • OnopordumOnopordum Posts: 390

    Do you or your neighbours feed the birds/squirrels/rats? Nests near to bird feeders are known to have higher rates of predation as a result of squirrels and corvids attracted by the food? Link: https://www.reading.ac.uk/news-and-events/releases/PR707708.aspx

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 16,209

    EVERY YEAR GREAT TITS BUILD A NEST IN A CAMERA NESTBOX THAT WE HAVE.

    EVERY YEAR WE WATCH THEM BUILD THE NEST, LAY THE EGGS, HATCH THE EGGS AND THEN FAIL, SPECTACULARLY, TO WORK OUT HOW TO PUT FOOD INTO THEIR CHICKS' MOUTHS.

    WE STAND AND SCREAM AT THE CAMERA "THE OTHER END, YOU BL***Y NITWIT!" BUT IT DOES NO GOOD. THEY NEVER RAISE MORE THAN ONE CHICK. OFTEN NONE AT ALL.

    BIRD BRAINED.image

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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 5,014
    Onopordum says:

    Do you or your neighbours feed the birds/squirrels/rats? Nests near to bird feeders are known to have higher rates of predation as a result of squirrels and corvids attracted by the food? Link: https://www.reading.ac.uk/news-and-events/releases/PR707708.aspx

    See original post

    Yes - very much so.
    My neighbour spends her life 'caring' for the birds. £15/week on seed throughout the year with over 20 feeders in her garden.
    Needless to say rats abound

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    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,580

    You can't do anything - as Nut says, it's part of nature.

    Also, it's against the law to interfere with nesting birds.

    Maybe create more options for nest sites in future years? 

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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 5,014

    There are plenty of options all over the big gardens round here, and we're on the edge of arable farmland and woodland but every year they build a nest in the exact same spot just outside my lounge. I feel privileged, but always ends in sadness - that's nature I suppose

    I guess I'll leave them to it and just keep my fingers x'ed

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    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,580

    Somewhere there's a mammal feeding its family .... just the way of things. 

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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 5,014

    I did eat a chicken myself the other day image

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    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,580

    There you go, so did we  ................ part of life's rich pattern .................. we can be soooooooooooo sentimental sometimes image

    Last edited: 24 March 2017 09:36:37

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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 5,014

    I'll stop fretting and get on with making my new heated seedling protector instead then :)

    Thanks to all!

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
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