Looked up today and spotted a nest at the top of one of my larger semi-dwarf
apples. There was a 'robin size' black colored bird sitting in it, but I did
not approach closely to verify the species. I'm sure the nest is rather new,
say within the last two weeks, or so. Question is should I try moving the nest,
or just let it be? The tree is a Hudson Golden Gem with apples that should be
ready for picking in September. I will have to go in there at that time to pick
the apples. If I chase away the mother bird now, and move the nest to some
other high place like the top of my shed, will she find the nest again and not
The first thing you need to do is identify the kind of bird you're dealing
with. Some fairly common types of birds are Federally protected, and doing
anything to disturb them may not be an option unless you like committing
Fat chance of doing that. All I can see from the ground is a head sticking up
the nest. Putting a ladder nearby could frighten the bird and possibly cause
to come tumbling down. I have an active bird feeder and have not seen any
or federally protected birds, but you never know. I assume the bird I see is a
female, and I never see it moving from it's position. If there is an
accompanying male, I have never seen it. Since it has to feed, maybe I will get
lucky and see it out
of the nest.
The one problem you might have is if you have to spray with something
poisonous you may kill the brood. When picking fruits as a summer job,
I'd find dead birds in nests all the time. If you have not yet thinned
the apples, you might consider thinning so that you don't have to spray
around the nest. As a home grower, your spraying equipment is very
precise compared to commercial equipment.
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