Birds builds a nest in Jeep’s spare tire; heater filters

The Traveler’s Bob Brennecke answers several of your outdoors questions:

QUESTION: I found A bird nest with about 7 eggs in it in the spare tire on the back of my Jeep. The nest was built between the tire and the door. I haven’t driven the Jeep since finding the nest, and the mother is in it quite a bit. We haven’t touched the nest, either. What should we do? We don’t want to disturb her or the eggs, but I don’t want it to fall out while driving, either.

ANSWER: That little bird sure spent a lot of time choosing some great materials. The plastic to line the bottom and the horse hair to nestle the eggs is sure a perfect home. 

Try to take the tire off and cradle the nest into a box, possibly wedging the nest between newspapers for support. Place the box as close to the area the nest was found, maybe on saw horses or a folding table, also trying to place a roof or some kind of cover from rain (maybe using the flaps of the box). 

I believe the mother will continue to incubate and finish raising the chicks.

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