If the house of your bird pair has been destroyed completely, they will look immediately for a new residence. When choosing where to build, birds usually look at several locations. If disaster strikes they already have a backup plan in place.
I’m sorry your birds’ lost a house. They were lucky their chickies made it out OK.
If you ever find a nest on the ground after a storm or from predator damage here are a few tips that might help.
Bird Nest Destroyed:
- If the nest has been destroyed, you can construct a makeshift nest using a small basket or plastic container. Put holes in the bottom of container for drainage. Line the container with material from old nest or dry grass or leaves.
- Wire your nest to a branch or place in a new/repaired bird house in the same location as the old nest. If you are not sure where the bird was nesting, contact a local wildlife rehabilitator.
- Place birds into new nest. It’s alright to handle the babies but do not attempt to feed.
- Don’t touch any eggs with your bare hands. Some eggs, especially chickadee eggs, are very fragile. Also oil from hands could inhibit hatching. Use a glove or spoon.
- If you have any questions call a local rehabilitator.
The following is a small list of the local rehabilitators:
- East Lansing, MI ♦ 517.351.7304 ♦ Cheryl Connell-Marsh ♦ birds and small animals
- Lansing, MI ♦ 517-646-9374 ♦ Tiffany Rich ♦ white tailed deer, squirrels, raccoons; Vet. Tech. on center.
- DeWitt, MI ♦ 517.930-0087 ♦ Wildside Rehab and Education Center ♦ birds and small animals
- Eaton Rapids, MI ♦ 517-663-6153 ♦ Wildside Rehab and Education Center ♦ birds and small animals
- Holt, MI ♦ 517-694-9618 ♦ Carolyn Tropp email@example.com ♦ Waterfowl, small birds and mammals
- Howell, MI ♦ 517-548-5530 ♦ Howell Conference and Nature Center ♦ All wild animals except bats, skunks, starlings, raccoons, pigeons, or house sparrows.
- Bath, MI ♦ 517-819-0170 (day) 517-641-6314 (evening) ♦ Denise Slocum ♦ Small mammals
For a complete list of Michigan Licensed Rehabilitators visit the Michigan Department of Natural Resources at: http://www.michigandnr.com/dlr/
Or to search for a local wildlife rehabilitation group by zip code at: http://www.wildliferehabber.org/