But before you pick up the phone to schedule an on-site inspection, take a closer look at your property to see if the signs of nesting are present. Continue reading to learn what to look, or listen, for!
Where Birds Live
Bird nests are usually camouflaged in nature, or at least the best ones are. Since it is not likely that you will be able to spot one with your eyes, you have to pay close attention to other signs. First, if you have a property full of bushes, shrubs, trees, and overgrown flora, there is a much higher chance that birds are living nearby. If you live near a body of water, like a pond or creek, you can increase those chances even more.
Here are the top signs to look for:
❶ Destruction and Damage
Birds require materials to build their nests, so they will wander around your property collecting items like grass, feathers, trash, and more. Look for torn up grass, grass clippings, de-threaded rugs, ripped window screens, and down feather debris. These items are common materials used to build bird nests in urban areas. If you happen to see a bird with a beak full of similar materials, keep an eye on it to see where it goes. Hopefully, it heads to a bush or tree, rather than your roof or chimney.
❷ Concentrated Activity
Birds do not hang out in places for no reason. If there is a concentration of bird activity on your property, but there is no bird feeder or bath nearby, it is highly likely that you have found their nesting area. Watch to see birds take flight to and from this area to get an idea of where the nest could be.
❸ Excessive Bird Chatter
Birds make noises, and most often, we enjoy the sounds of their chirps, chatter, and songs. But if you notice excessive bird noise on your property that sounds more like racket than harmony, it could be because you have a colony of birds nesting nearby. In fact, if you hear nasal whining sounds, it is likely baby birds hankering to be fed.