My eastern neighbor's front door is recessed into the front of his house, so as you stand there knocking, there is a wall on either side of you, each with a high octagonal window. While I was standing on said porch the other day, I noticed a lot of organic detritus under my feet. When he answered the door, I pointed out a huge nest on one of the window ledges.
There's one there, too, he said, pointing to the other window.
What kind of birds?
Just then, something swooped right at my head. I ducked so fast, I nearly fell off the porch.
That kind of bird, he said. Sitting in a nearby tree was a robin, beak full of dried grass and looking put out.
I guess I need to get rid of those nests, he sighed.
Well, I wouldn't, I allowed, but then that's just me.
But people can't come to the door with them protecting their nests.
Sometimes that's a good thing, I pointed out.
Meanwhile, the nest building is progressing in my yard as well. This is a grackle nest in the privat.
I took down the bluebird house that the sparrows were highly interested in, but to my surprise, they had not yet built a nest in it. I'll put it back up in May.
A year or so ago, when my neighbor to the north of me put up a bird bath and feeder, she commented about not wanting to attract the "wrong kind" of bird. I didn't ask her what she meant, but now I am wondering if she was talking about grackles and starlings.
They and the sparrows are my most frequent visitors now. I don't like to feed the birds during the summer - that's why I have a backyard habitat populated with food plants - but I also don't like holding birdseed until fall, so I am letting them finish off the sunflower seeds and peanuts.
Saturday would have been a good day to plant snap peas. I thought I had ordered some online, but apparently not. There was half a bag in the refrigerator, though, left over from two years ago. Wondering whether they were still viable, I soaked ten pea seeds.
Huh. Still good, mostly. Now if it would stop raining, I could put these in the ground.
P.S. There's a survey on honesty over here on one of my other blogs, in case you are interested.