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Name: Barbara
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Location: IL
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Date: 7/9/2005


Question:
is it true that once a human has touched a bird nest that the mother will no longer approach that nest?


Replies:
Not necessarilly. Most song birds have poor sense of smell. As long as the contact is minimal the adults will return, so that if a nest falls intact it can be put back and the adults will continue to attend it. What will scare the adults away is excessive contact or human presence or other disturbance.

J. Elliott


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