How Do Birds Choose Where to Nest?

It can be difficult to understand why birds build nests where they do. It is fascinating to see birds fly by a nest close to your window. However, noise and sanitation issues can result from the nest. There are a few things you should be aware of in order to determine why birds nest in a particular location.


Birds can fly unlike most predators and use that ability to build nests. Nests are often found high up on trees, around chimneys or roofs of buildings. You should seek help to remove bird droppings from your front porch or walkway when they start to accumulate. Bird nests are often built high up, so it is a good idea to hire a professional who is skilled in bird control to help you remove the nest and prevent any future nests from being created on your property. Solid Avian Solutions is able to safely remove nests and the inhabitants, as well as clean up droppings and carcasses left behind by nesting birds. If property owners attempt to remove the nests themselves, they run the risk of damaging the eggs or contracting disease from the droppings and carcasses. If possible, skilled technicians can seal the entry point or nook where the nest was constructed to prevent other birds and animals taking up residence.


Birds seek out nesting areas that provide food for their babies and themselves. Birds consume seeds, nuts, and fruits as well as vegetables. This makes houses with vegetable gardens, fruit trees, small insects-attractive flowers, or nuts-producing trees, particularly attractive places to build nests. If a concrete building is inaccessible, a large yard would be an ideal location. For easy access to fish, some aquatic bird types like pelicans or ospreys build nests close to water sources such as a river and pond.


Although nests built high above ground offer protection against predators such as cats and snakes, small birds must be aware that larger vulturous birds like owls can still reach nests. Birds tend to nest in difficult-to-reach places like inside vents or gutters. Because birds are able to see predators from one angle, they feel more comfortable nesting in narrow spots. This spot is also warmer and more protected from the wind, which is particularly important for nesters who live in areas that are cool during nesting season.


To provide warmth and protection for their eggs, most birds rest on their nests. However, once the eggs hatch, many species of mother birds will choose to stay in another location and visit the nest multiple times daily. Buildings with multiple chimneys or vents are attractive locations for birds to nest. They will also stay put even after eggs hatch. Birds also consider their proximity to humans an important factor in choosing where to nest. Many species view humans as an additional layer of protection against predators.


Solid Avian Solutions can help you if there are problems with birds nesting in your commercial or government building.