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Information about birds and their nesting habits!
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Do you want to build a nest box or have one already? Find plans and helpful tips!
Oklahoma City, OK, United States
Open cup nests
Side view of Northern Mockingbird nest in a Blue Cypress tree.
I found a mockingbird nest with only one egg in it it has been a couple of days and the mom or dad has not came to sit on it. Should I make or get an incubator or leave it alone?
Hi Amethyst, You do not need to do anything to this nest. It is against federal law to handle or otherwise disturb a wild bird or its nest, and so raising a bird yourself falls under these laws, as it almost always causes nest failure. Sometimes, nests may look abandoned when they are actually not – birds can be sneaky. We recommend waiting a full four weeks from the last day you saw the adult. If the eggs remain at that point, then the nest is indeed abandoned. If the nest was not abandoned, they will have hatched by that point and you can continue monitoring as normal.
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