Cindy Alexander — March 26, 07:49PM
should I allow the Phoebes to nest?
Last year Phoebes nested on a light fixture under the west eave of my house. I enjoyed watching them but right before the fledges left the nest 2 of them died, possibly due to the heat. The area they picked is very hot in the late afternoon as it is on a west-facing brick wall. It seems as if the nest is being "remodeled" to be used this year. I would like to let them but am concerned about the survival of the fledglings. Should I destroy the nest before they lay eggs?
Cathy Pasterczyk — March 26, 04:22PM
Please don't destroy the nest.
Karl Curtis — March 26, 04:33PM
If there is a better spot nearby under a roof overhang and out of the sun, make make a simple wooden shelf about 5 inches square and fasten it to the exterior wall about 6-8 inches under the overhang. There's a good chance the Phoebes will nest on the shelf. Good Luck!
Cindy Alexander — March 26, 05:04PM
Thank you for the replies.
Karl - anything nearby would still be on the west wall. They are welcome to build on top of the fixtures on the other side of the house where they would be in the sun in the morning. I don't know what to do about the nest they are working on now.
Cathy - Is it safe to assume the birds understand the risks of the sun and heat radiating off the bricks? Is the heat not a problem for the fledglings? I ask about destroying the nest to avoid their heat-related demise, thinking the adults will build somewhere else that might be safer.