Thursday, July 23, 2015
Mother Nature at her best. . . If you have seen on my blog about the Porch People AKA "Birds Nest on Porch" then you know of our on-going story of birds using the front porch as a home for their newest babies. . .
To review we have an outlet near the ceiling of the front porch which Mr & Mrs Newlyweds decided to build a nest on top of. Cute idea when they only had 3 babies... but wanting a larger family each Mr & Mrs would add to the nest and soon they were having no less than 5 babies. Which is a happy moment for Grandma Bird I suppose but as the babies grew... the nest became smaller. . .
Being a good landlord DH decided to "build" a deck around the nest so the larger babies -- who were now pushing each other around -- would not fall out. Good thing DH put that up because it was not long after that when the larger baby birds would sit on the deck as there was not a lot of room in the nest with the five of them. . .
So DH decided to remodel -- he replaced the front porch ceiling with insulation and vents and such so while he was up there he removed the now vacant nest --- which had been the start for quite a few bird families --- took his wooden deck down and put up a vinyl deck that he thought the birds might like better. Guess again . . .
Meanwhile off I go in the Spring to Lowes to buy two rectangle, flat back planters for DH to hang on either side of the front door. Nice idea and I thought they looked great. . . they were already planted with Geraniums and Verbena. I picked out the two best planters they had. Apparently I was not the only one that thought they were the best as now we have this in one of the planters:
What is that??? A nest with four baby birds napping. . . DH got on a ladder to take this photo and was careful not to touch anything as Mom would have had a hissy fit. So now the dilemma. I am afraid I can not water the planter very well as I don't want the babies to drown so I only carefully water the one end of the planter with a measuring cup. Half the planter is dying but the babies are thriving.
I told DH maybe his vinyl deck is too modern for the birdie families to settle in... maybe he should go back to a wooden deck? Gotta' love Mother Nature. . .