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A bird built a nest in my hose reel attached to my house and laid four eggs.  My exterminator saw the bird fly out and pulled the nest out to spray ants, he didn't realize there were four babies until they were lying on the ground.  He replaced the nest and babies as best he could.   I went out shortly after he left and put the babies back for a second time.  I have restructured the nest as best I can so they won't fall out.  I haven't seen the momma since, will she return to take care of the babies?

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I don't know if she will return. The only thing that would keep the parent bird away from the young at this stage is a lot of disturbance or a major disturbance. If she's gone for more than a few hours, you should call your local bird rehab center or wildlife official. The exterminator, seems to me, ought to have been more careful. Thanks for you concern

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Roger Lederer

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Any and all questions about WILD birds - not caged, domestic or poultry. Can answer questions about identification, taxonomy, behavior, courtship, plumage, flight, or anything else. Wild birds only, please.

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Taught ornithology (the study of birds) at the university level for 30 years. Have written five books on birds, published 30 scientific articles, write a blog on birds, have the website www.ornithology.com, lectured to hundreds of groups on birds,and have traveled to 90 countries studying birds.

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A variety of ornithological and conservation organizations.

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Real Simple Magazine, Enterprise-Record, and several ornithological and ecological journals.

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PhD in Zoology with emphasis in ornithology.

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Professional Achievement Award, Jack Rawlins Chair of Environmental Literach.

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