Lighter - warmer (a little) - greener (a lot). Time to start the annual dissuasive discussions with the phoebes that try to nest under the porch eaves each year. It takes vigilance as they’re very fast nest builders and we don’t have the heart to move them if they get to the egg laying stage. They’re cute little birds, but they get defensive once the eggs hatch and bop you in the head when you head out the door and then poop all over the porch. Ah, nature …
/giphy defensive bird
@stolicat funny. We end up with a nest right at the back door and one at the front. Usually 2 nestings each yr also. They don’t bother us except for all the yelling when the babes are there. We duck…sneak quietly in. Try not to rustle packages. You’d think we were burglars by the way we try to not disturb them when we go in and out of the house. I’ve actually recently moved out of that house now… still have it at the moment but no one is there to disturb the nests this spring. I actually built a better ledge for the nest they build under the front porch. It was a rather narrow spot they had and I was afraid the babies were going to fall out so I put a wider board across the corner a few yrs ago. (Although, a neighbor’s cat is always laying in wait for them)
@lseeber We do the same sneak protocol also - problem is their favorite site is right by the garden and other areas of the porch and lawn we use a lot, so we usually work a sort of truce. We watch the progress and when the first batch fledges we get real busy in that area to try and discourage the second clutch.
We have barn swallows who like to nest on top of the back porch light. They’ve never bothered us. It’s always so much fun to see the little ones attempt their first flights to the old telephone wire linked to the backside of the house. There they sit looking half asleep, but boy do they perk up when Mom or Dad fly onto the line with food!
@Barney@OldCatLady@sammydog01@stolicat Re: Chimney Swifts - lol… my daughter still hates birds to this day because they woke her up early in the morning when she was younger and trying to sleep in. They had nerve singing outside her window! I told her she must be the only person on earth that hates birds. So my husband bought her a bird clock.