December 9, 2022


pets keep it coming

San Ramon nest standing in the path of progress

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Pricey JOAN: A mating pair of small common songbirds resolved to build their nest in a fern we have on a stand on our porch. We didn’t know the nest was there right up until a number of times in the past, when mom started off laying her eggs.

The moms and dads have really been tolerant of activity in close proximity to the nest, such as us relocating the fern stand off the porch to an equally shielded spot a couple of feet absent, at the time the egg laying started. Ordinarily, we’d be pleased to enable the relatives be right until the brood matures and moves on. Sadly — for the birds, anyway — we will start off a significant landscape improvement task in a pair of months that involves demolition of the porch and the adjacent region where the nest is now located.

There is a shaded and considerably safeguarded location around the corner, about 50 toes absent that won’t be disturbed by the construction operate, so I’m inclined to move the fern stand to that spot. We’re guessing it would be finest to make the move prior to the hatchings look, but need to have your information.

Irene and Dan Weakley, San Ramon

Expensive IRENE AND DAN: Sadly, going the nest both ahead of or after hatching is against the regulation that shields birds. On the other hand, relocating might be preferable to the option.

You do not say what birds these are, but most of the smaller sized birds have shorter fledge periods, meaning chicks will expend only two to three months in the nest right before leaving it. Would it be attainable to hold off the perform until then?

If not, I’d suggest moving the fern with the nest in stages, relatively than making just one massive move and possibility the birds not being ready to discover the nest.

Dear JOAN: If, at this time of 12 months, I see a black-tailed deer with antlers that are about as extensive as the ears but only have two minimal prongs, can I suppose he’s a first-yr deer or may he be older with antlers that will get even larger?

Also, I know that blue potato bush is deer-resistant nonetheless, I never want to hurt the deer by planting toxic points. Will deer nibble at it or do they know to leave it on your own? What do you suggest?

Rhonda, Concord

Dear RHONDA: It’s doable you are looking at a younger deer, but only time will notify. The black-tailed deer, like most deer, get rid of their antlers just about every year among December and March, with new antlers appearing from April as a result of August.

When the antlers increase back, they will be progressively bigger period immediately after time, but you’d have to know when the antlers have been drop to establish now what might be coming. It could be an older deer that shed his antlers recently, or it could be a reasonably younger deer escalating his initially or next set.