Date: 12/26/20 11:20 am From: Jerry Davis <jwdavis...> Subject: Winter Bird Nest Assessment
Winter Bird Nest Assessment, Jerry Wayne Davis, December 26, 2020
Winter is a good time to make a bird nest assessment. Habitat consists of food, water, cover, and space. With the leaves gone from the hardwood trees and shrubs, bird nests built in the breeding season are more obvious and easier to see. A survey is best done before winter ice and snow destroys nests that are there. Some nests are more resistant to damage than others. A nest survey will let you know if your yard is complete habitat used by nesting birds and resident birds or just a temporary place to visit. Some yards only attract birds to bird feeders and birds have to nest somewhere else. They may not nest in your yard or on your land because you have inadequate nesting cover, food, and space during the breeding season. Nest predators like feral and free roaming cats, raccoons, and snakes my also discourage nesting. In your assessment you will find out where your yard stands as adequate or inadequate bird habitat. If you do not have adequate cover, and native plants for seeds, fruits, and native insects, this is the time to determine that, and eliminate the weak links by filling in the gaps and eliminated adverse habitat factors.