For the Birds? Removing a Tree That Might Be Home to Some Feathered Friends

For the Birds? Removing a Tree That Might Be Home to Some Feathered Friends

21 November 2022
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When tree removal is needed, it's important to consider exactly why it's needed. Is the tree sick or damaged, and in imminent danger of falling? If so, have the tree professionally removed without delay. But what about when you're removing a healthy tree for the sake of appearance? Yes, its removal may improve your view or make your backyard look more appealing, but getting rid of the tree may not be so urgent. You may not be the only one with an interest in the tree, and this can affect the timing of the task.

Food Source 

Depending on the variety of tree, it may serve as both a food source and a home to native wildlife. The tree could flower in the spring and summer months and may provide nutrients to the local insect population. Observe the tree, and you may see native birds feeding from its flowers. Some parrots (such as the Rainbow Lorikeet) have a special papillate appendage on their tongue, allowing them to consume pollen and nectar. You might wish to leave the tree intact (for the moment) until its flowers disappear for the season.


The tree may not just provide food, but it could also provide shelter. Check the tree for obvious signs of nests. Depending on the tree's size and age, this could include any hollows. The tree's foliage can make it hard to spot nests, so be on the lookout for birds regularly coming and going from within the foliage. Most native birdlife will nest during spring, with juveniles then fledging later in spring and into summer. Similar to the timing of eliminating a food source, you might not feel entirely comfortable in removing a tree that's still home to nestlings who haven't left the nest just yet.

Timing for the Removal

As you've probably guessed, the suggestion is that you may wish to wait until autumn or winter to remove the tree. It will be in its dormant state by this stage (more so if it's a deciduous variety) and will be less relevant to the local birdlife. As always, safety first. Make sure that the tree is professionally removed to avoid the risk of injury or property damage. If you should feel guilty about removing a potential bird home and food source, you may wish to install nesting boxes on other trees, and a feeding table in your backyard. 

There's no reason why you can't remove a tree when needed, while still being respectful to your feathered friends.

Reach out to a tree removal service to learn more.