U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Begs Gardeners to Watch for Hummingbird Nests Before Pruning

As spring rolls across the country, people get zealous about getting out in the nice weather and start yard cleanup. This time of year is also when Mother Nature sends birds and animals into a reproductive frenzy. One of those birds is the tiny hummingbird. Experts warn that it is essential gardeners know what to do if they find a hummingbird nest.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sent out a warning on Facebook in an attempt to save the fragile hummingbird nests. The warning has been shared more than a quarter million times, showing how concerned people are about preserving the environment.

The hummingbird egg is only the size of a jelly bean. These eggs and the nests are difficult to spot, so it is vital to check shrubs before attempting to prune them.  Whether a city-dweller or a homeowner out in the countryside, everyone needs to on the lookout for these tiny nesters.

Hummingbirds live all across the United States as far south as Chile and as north as Alaska. Gardens across these areas attract the tiny birds as they prefer bright colored flowers, bird feeders, and bird baths.

Nests of the hummingbird consist of moss, leaves and often spider webs. They are found most often on a down-sloping branch close to running water. Camouflage of lichen is used to cover and protect the nest from predators, making them difficult for humans to spot.

When spring cleanup begins, experts want gardeners to know what to look for so they can help preserve this incredible birds nesting areas. Taking just a little extra time to look through those shrubs before beginning pruning tasks will help to keep the hummingbird safe.

If a nest is located, do not try to move it. Leave all protection in place used to hide the nest and wait to prune until birds have grown big enough to fly away from the nest. It will be worth it when those incredibly beautiful birds begin flying around the garden.

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