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Eggie's avatar

Birds nest in my bedroom, what do I do?

Asked by Eggie (5620points) May 5th, 2014

A yellow and black bird has found its way into my bedroom, and not only does it have a nest but it has babies too. What do I do?

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Coloma's avatar

Leave the window or whatever entry source open and allow it to tend to it’s nestlings. I don’t know where you live, but most songbirds are protected by law in many states and to disturb nesting birds is illegal. A yellow and black bird is most likely a Warbler species.
You could try to relocate the nest outside but very nearby the entrance to your room, but, to move and re-secure the nest in a safe place is iffy, you risk damaging the nest even though the mother bird would, most likely, continue to care for them if the nest is placed within earshot and is in a safe, sheltered and seclude place, not out in the open.

Your only other option is to contact a local wildlife rescue and they may be able to take the nestling, but, capturing the parent bird is out of the question.

GloPro's avatar

How long did you leave the window open and not notice a bird building a nest, nesting, laying eggs? That’s the craziest thing I’ve heard in awhile.
Call wildlife services and ask their opinion. Moving the nest might be lethal.

Darth_Algar's avatar

The best thing for you to do might be to call your local animal control.

Eggie's avatar

It is rather embarrassing. My window,is broken for a long,while and I was really too lazy to fix it…so the bird flew in during the day with all
sorts of dry sticks and leaves and now has babies crying occasionally in the bedroom. It has three babies I think.

GloPro's avatar

It’s kind of cute. I want a baby bird nest in my bedroom.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I’d say the birds have squatter’s rights now. What’s the color pattern?

Dan_Lyons's avatar

Charge em rent and go about your normal business.

gailcalled's avatar

They are now, indeed, by squatter’s rights, your legal tenants. They get to stay until the fledgings fly the coop and the nest is empty. Two-three weeks. And keep in mind that the tidy parents throw the fecal sacs (generated when the babies defecate) over the side of the nest regularly. Perhaps put some newspapers under it, if you can muster the energy.

It is astonishing that you didn’t equate a small bird flying around with dry leaves
and sticks in its beak with some sort of birdy activity.

Can you take a picture? Yellow and black can be the commom gold finch or many of the spring warblers.

stanleybmanly's avatar

It’s an opportunity for a documentary that shouldn’t be missed! If you could film the family as the kids grow up, the footage would be priceless. Get to work. Both youth and opportunity are fleeting!

Dan_Lyons's avatar

Reminds me of the Big Bang theory episode when the bird flew into Sheldon Cooper’s apt.

Jonesn4burgers's avatar

Definately record all you can without disturbing them! If you don’t get a documentary sale from it, you should at least have some great you tube posts.
I love that this bird trusts your presence so near her nest. I am giggling, thinking about what it will be like when it is time for them to learn flight.

flutherother's avatar

Leave it alone and keep the window open.

Eggie's avatar

But, wouldnt leaving the window open may invite other animals to get in?

GloPro's avatar

This is how it could turn out.

SpatzieLover's avatar

As soon as the babies fledge get the window fixed. Until then, let the mama bird do her job. If she already has three babies, it won’t be long for them to fly off.

jca's avatar

@Eggie: Can you post an update? How is the mother and nest doing?

The Update Lady

TheOfficialKittyKat's avatar

Leave the window open unless it’s windy. In that case, leave seeds for the mother so she can feed her babies. If you want them out fast, try to keep them undisturbed and healthy ‘cause the sooner they can fly, the sooner those babies are out of there!! Oh, and you might want to try and close the door of your bedroom at all times and remove preciouse items. Do expect occasional bird droppings…

GloPro's avatar

They might not be seed eating birds. Maybe they’re insect/worm eating birds…

Coloma's avatar

^^^ Right,most species feed their nestlings insects,except Pigeons that actually make Pigeons milk in their crops, a sludge of nutrients they somehow manufacture.

longgone's avatar

^ Wow, is that so? Interesting, thanks for teaching me something new!

Coloma's avatar

@longgone Yes, Pigeons and Doves produce crop “milk” that they feed their nestling the first few days of life. You can google articles for Pigeon Milk or Crop milk. Strange facts, lol

Eggie's avatar

Actually, I am seeing that the babies are growing really fast. They are still in the nest though, I could only see their heads and the mother bird going in but I cant see into the nest easily because it is up really high and it is well hidden.

Eggie's avatar

All is well…..I think. I came home and they were not there anymore. I presume they have grown and has flown the coop…I hope. I had to clean up the droppings once and awhile, that was the only inconvenience.

Jonesn4burgers's avatar

Hooray! @Eggie is an environmentalist! Successful wait through resident bird nesting, hatching, and flight of new baby birds! Pop some corks, lets drink a toast to the humanitarian leaving alone of the bird family! Lesser people would have been unkind. I am proud of you. :-)

Eggie's avatar

hope my next guest wouldn’t be a snake…...

Coloma's avatar

Yay baby birds fly the coop!
I had a tree frog living in my stove a few years ago,I kept seeing little poops that looked like mouse droppings.
I set a live mouse trap and came out in the kitchen one night to find the frog sitting on it. haha

GloPro's avatar

It looks like @Eggie is looking for an aquatic frog next, @Coloma.

jca's avatar

I have aquatic frogs! They’re fun.

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