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Doing a deck project and found a bird's nest. Can I safely move it in order to continue working?

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Think they'll fledge soon? This is in New Jersey.

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You can move it but the parents will likely not return to it or care for the chicks. If they are nearly ready to leave the nest, perhaps you might wait a bit until that happens.

I'd say put things back the way they were and keep an eye on the nest. If the parents don't return there is nothing more you can do.

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  • $\begingroup$ I think they will be gone in not much longer than one week. $\endgroup$ – blacksmith37 Jul 9 '20 at 15:15
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This same thing happened to us only we found eggs and not birds. We decided to leave it and wait for the birds to do their thing.

It doesn't look like you would have to wait too long on that one but probably not what you were hoping for.

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