The Cornell Lab Bird Academy Discussion Groups Community Forum One Eastern Phoebe With Two Nests

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    • KP3
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      KParker73
      We have an Eastern Phoebe nesting in the rafters of our patio roof.  The thing that seemed odd to us is she has two nests—each in separate rafter sections, and she can't actually see both nests at the same time. We taped a mirror to a stick, and on a warm and sunny afternoon when she was away, peaked in both the nests that she built.  There are 2 eggs in one nest and 4 in the other. I see her alternate on both nests throughout the day. How will she incubate two nests?  We get very cold mornings still, and she can't be in two places at once.  Should we move all the eggs into one nest or just leave things be?
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    • KP3
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      KParker73
      And I should add that we are lucky enough to have a certified wildlife rehabilitator in the family that could easily come by and move the eggs, if it was deemed beneficial to the bird.  We know songbirds are federally protected and not to disturb their nests, etc.  :)
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