Caution: It’s Nesting Season for Birds!

Pictured above are just hatched ravens (Corvus corax) and eggs that could hatch at any moment. One egg can be seen in the lower left corner. It is blue and speckled.

As Spring makes an appearance and the days begin to get warmer, we start to see the young of countless species of animals.  But unless you look up, you might not realize it’s also the season for nesting birds to sit on their eggs, and wait for their babies to hatch. Most birds are excellent parents, and in many species, both birds help in caring for the young until they’re old enough to leave the nest.

Ravens normally nest on cliffs, rocky ledges, billboards, telephone poles,  in large trees and other high places. This is the strangest place we’ve ever seen a pair of ravens choose to build their nest.

This is a time to use caution if considering trimming trees and shrubs.  Hundreds of species of birds in the United States are protected under the “MBTA,” the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. All all listed birds are protected, and may not be harassed, harmed, bought, sold, or kept in captivity without proper permits.  Some birds nest in trees, while others are “ground nesters,” and rely on native shrubs under which they build their nests and raise their young. 

In addition, the MBTA prohibits disturbing nests containing eggs or young of all listed species. The penalties for doing so are severe.  Avoid tree and shrub trimming unless you have thoroughly checked, and are positive there is not one (or more) active nests present.  If you aren’t certain-it is always best to wait. 

Ravens are a listed species, so this homeowner will have to wait out removing this nest until the young are old enough, and leave the nest for good.  

If you have questions about, or are having an issue with birds, we’re only a phone call away, and are always happy to answer your questions. 

For more information on the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, click here: US Fish and Wildlife Service: Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.