Several years ago, YA came home with an unpainted plywood birdhouse; I don’t even remember where she found it.  It sat for a couple of years before she dragged out some of my paints and made cheery design in bright colors.  Then it sat for a couple more years until I put a layer of marine varnish on the outside of it and finally hung it up in the backyard. 

I only hung it up for decoration but was amazed last week to see that there are birds using it!  Assuming there are or might be baby birds; I’m terrified of what might happen if baby birds end up in the yard during their in-flight training.  So far I’ve been searching the back of the yard for any signs of life before letting Guinevere out.  

Never have I ever had birds in a birdhouse to contend with.  I’m happy but anxious.

Any advice?

20 thoughts on “Chirp!”

  1. Since they are already present, don’t do much at all. But after breeding season, be sure to clean the house thoroughly. The Audubon Society has some recommendations.

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  2. I think you will have to let nature take its course and just watch what happens. Do you know what species they are? For some birds, part of fledging means a few days to a week on the ground with parental supervision. For others, it is straight out of the nest and into the sky (or onto another branch). It sounds exciting!

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  3. Rise and Shine, Baboons,

    What fun. Watching birds do their thing can be pretty entertaining. After the fledglings fledge, you probably want to clean the house, then place it somewhere outside the yard where Gwen hangs out. You also have to watch out for squirrels and raccoons. Both species can be hard on a bird house placed within their reach. Yesterday I awoke to find my Classical Lady (a planter with a woman’s head and plants for hair) which I had lovingly planted with pansies, was strewn across the front yard by a raccoon or squirrel.

    We are deep into puppy world here. I will try to get some videos and pictures to VS to post next week. We can hardly keep up with the “Morning Frenzy” when Phoebe wants Outside. Action. Attention. Love. Toys. Food. Shoe laces (for chewing). A short puppy walk outside is now the first activity of the day. I can now write my reply for the morning because she collapsed on the floor about 5 minutes ago, in a sound sleep. The howling/crying phase is about over now.

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  4. The Barn Swallows are back!
    Moved into their next by the front door.

    And the robin is trying to build a nest on the back gutter, right over our deck on the back door. Both make a mess but fun to see.

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  5. The Barn Swallows are back! Moved into their usual next by the front door.
    And the robin is rebuilding their next on the gutter by the back door.
    Fun to see but both make a mess.

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    1. A robin often builds on top of my AC unit. last week one sat on my patio table for an hour to be out of the rain I assume. He was unconcerned about me sitting 6 feet away on the other side of a glass door moving around now and then. My turkeys are still here. They ignore me even when I am out on the pation

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    2. We have a robin that has built a nest on top of the light mounted above the door to the garage. It’s a light activated by motion. It took us a while to figure out why that light would come on when there appeared to be no one around. That happened last year as well. Apparently the robin successfully raised her brood in that spot and wasn’t bothered by the light, so we haven’t evicted her.

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  6. The turkey vultures have returned to the butte near our house. They are circling the neighborhood. They keep the area neat and tidy.

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  7. Several things wrong with that bird house btw. Hole is too big. Looks like there is a perch right below the hole. Looks like predators could easily get at it. I used to build bird houses for decorations, but I always had wood behind the hole. Birds would come look at them. I would give them quirky designs. People would stop and criticize them as I just did yours, but then I would point out the birds could not get in. Neighborhood cats routinely checked them out.

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  8. Even in the backyard, nature can be brutal. I looked out at our bird feeder one day a couple of winters ago and saw a rough legged hawk on the ground devouring a sparrow. I also found remains on the deck where the hawk had eaten another small bird.

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  9. They’re back! I was out by the garage (sorting books for the UU sale, another story), and have heard them on and off all afternoon.

    Today’s title reminds me of a joke from probably Jr. High:

    What does a 300-pound canary say?

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  10. I would buy some live mealworms and put them out in a platform feeder near the birdhouse. The wrens I had three years ago loved the mealworms. They’d sit and wait for me to deliver.

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