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Individual study: Barn swallow nests can be translocated to a new site by attaching a nestbox to a vehicle roof and moving in stages

Published source details

Winkler D.W. & McCarty J.P. (1990) Method for transplanting nests of barn swallows. Journal of Field Ornithology, 61, 426-430


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Translocate nests to avoid disturbance Bird Conservation

A small replicated study from June-July in 1989 that tested a new method for translocating whole nests on two barn swallow Hirundo rustica nests in Ithaca, New York, USA (Winkler & McCarty 1990), found that nests could be successfully transferred in stages but that only one parent remained with one of the nests. Overall, the 3.5 km journey between the old and new site required 27 and 13 hours of daylight for each nest respectively. All chicks fledged from both nests but only one of four parents remained with the nest post-translocation. Both nests were fastened to a vehicle-roof and moved in stages, waiting at each point until the parents had fed the young. Distance between stops varied from 5-10 m initially to 100-200 m closer to the target site. Nests were moved in 4 m stages at the target site (using a mist-net pole) to the new habitat. The transport box (13 x 20 cm) had one side left open for parents to access the nest.