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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

It's Official....I'm a Landlady.

Of all the places that this little guy could have decided to move his mate to and start a family....(and did I mention I have gotten to know him -and his neighbors-quite well????)
"You Lookin at ME????"
"What!!! What do you want????"
"If I don't look at her...she might pack that camera in and leave.... nope...she is climbing into the kid's treehouse....what a nut!"
This nest blows me away...it is on top of the birdhouse in the peak of the roof of our garage. It is right beside the tree house...and has been built and re-built...as the bossy little Wren in the garden...not only filled the house below it with twigs up to the rafters...but she tried to rip apart the robin's nest you see here!!! (the hag)

She's rebuilding like a trooper...and the sparrows next door are singing like a choir!
....She's been sitting here now for about 4 days...with only short little breaks...she doesn't seem to mind my visits...and her mate watches me weed the garden...and follows my watering very closely...lol He loves the sprinkler too...
Last night we had a horrible loud thunderstorm....I spent the whole time worrying about my little family in the nest on top of the birdhouse on the garage...I wonder if she is nervous to be sitting there...no support for her nest...and it is on a slight angle...I know I am worried...like I needed another life to worry about right? I can hardly wait for the babies...then I will be guarding this nest from the millions of cats that are using my yard as a littler box...and hiding out in my greenhouse...yea...I need a cat trap...but instead I am using my broom...and jet shot on the garden hose!

29 comments:

Crafty Gardener said...

Robins pick the most unusual places to nest. We had one build a nest on the back light right beside our back door ... not once, but twice. Our babies have left the nest now but every now and then the mother robin swoops into the nest to look. I'm hoping she chooses a new place nest time.

Smilingsal said...

Since dogs must be on a leash, why not cats?

I like your bird story and want to read chapter 2.

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

Yes, Tootsie...we must have a chapter 2 with plenty of pictures of the new borns...so sweet.
Birds can be so entertaining, we have several Blue Jays that dive bomb me very time I walk near our grape arbor....lol...they forget who's house they are renting...lol...
Molly

Kammy said...

Hey Tootsie !
Your post is too cute...Landlord - whats the rent ?? LOL !
Hugs ~ Kammy

prof en retraite said...

How funny, Tootsie! Those little nests survive all kinds of things! My house finch nest is almost sideways on a downspout! What is holding it up there? Can't wait to see once the babies are gone! Yes, the jet nozzle works great! I use it to run the neighbor's dog out of my yard!...Debbie

Susan said...

Tootsie- great post- I cant wait for the pictures of the kids!
Last year I had wren living in my little wren house-hanging on the arch where my honeysuckle lived- it was such fun...through the winter I lost the arch/trellis to a giant branch and the wren dont seem to like where the house now hangs....no renters in my yard. Im so sad! Thanks for sharing yours!

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

Ahhhh, you might find it hard to collect the rent!

ksarra said...

Hi Tootsie, you have some great tenants! I love watching the little finch in our yard that has nested, and now the little ones are still hanging around. Too cute, and to me that is so much better than watching a bird in a cage!

Boosalis Bloggle said...

Hey Sister! I just knew you would get a bird's eye view of that nest!! Great pictures!! I can't wait to see the babies.

Domestic Designer said...

Great post and great pictures!

kel said...

awwwww.... so cute!!!!

ps. I'm not at girlintheglasses anymore! I've moved to
http://www.ahesitanthousewife.blogspot.com/

foxxy said...

Your too funny Tootsie! Your daughters room turned out nice btw!

Darla said...

What a neat nest. Cats bother me too!

trash talk said...

Robins are the best mommas...I had one sit on her nest during a thunderstorm and never budge an inch. I wanted to help her so much, but daddy robin made sure that didn't happen!
Just wait until those baby birds are born!!!
Debbie

trash talk said...

I forgot to ask...that is a rent controlled nest, right?
Debbie

lilsista said...

What do they want for that kind of rent?...Really...tennants...always looking like the victims...kidding!:) soooooo cute they are! I'd be more worried about the kids getting them than the cats...you can't hit kids with a broom! Well you can, but I don't think child services smiles upon that sort of thing...Ha! Phone me...and don't boss me into blogging!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

We had a wee hummingbird build a nest on our patio chandelier. She laid 2 eggs which we watch with wonder. Then a few months later she came back and laid two more. They just left the nest. :)

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

They must love your yard to have so many nests in such a small area. I feel protective of the birds in our yard too.
Jet spray on the hose does work well :)

Mary at My New 30 said...

Oh I so love it when we get to see nature up close. Congratulations - you have become a bird mom! I had some baby house finches that were born in a plant on my front porch last year and I worried over them all the time till they got older and flew away!!

Last night I noticed one of the yellow crested night herons - gorgeous and huge birds - was back up in the pine tree nest next to my house. They went away after I think that the raccoons got a hold of their eggs - I heard them screaming that morning, it was so sad, but part of the cycle of life I suppose. Anyway, one of them was back at the nest last night and early this morning so I wondered if it was possible that they had more eggs this late in the season! Oh I hope the raccoons don't get their eggs this time, because it is so cool watching the babies "grow up."

On the cats... now I'm a cat lover but my cats stay inside where they belong. I have neighbors who aren't so considerate. For the garden, here's two great deterrents. If you don't have roses, find somebody who does and ask them to save you all of the rose clippings - the thornier the better. If you lay those sticks all around the edges of your garden and if you have enough all around the garden a couple of times of those cats step on those thorns, they'll find someplace else to use the bathroom. I do this with the squirrels in my yard.

The other thing is to get you one or two of those motion detector scarecrows you hook up to your hose. No, they aren't cheap, but they work! I bought one in hopes of keeping the raccoons away from my garden and so far it seems to be working! I actually would like to get another one. As soon as it detects movement, it squirts out a couple of sprays of water and the animals will run away. It was worth every penny I tell ya! A side benefit is that it has kept my dogs from using the potty all over the backyard and now they go in one area - like I have always wanted them too!

Bo said...

Hi Tootsie...What a great post!! Talk about living in a high-rise...
LOL...Your birdies have good taste an opted for only the best accommodations with beautiful garden views...I want to see the young-uns too...This story made me smile...Thanks, ;-) Bo

The Japanese Redneck said...

Those birds pick the craziest places to nest. Love the pictures.

Ramona

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Oh how I love watching and listening the the birds! Every time I hear one singing it reminds of the verse in Scripture how He knows each sparrow and cares for them how much more does he care for us!!

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Tootsie, I did not know you had high rise housing for rent:-)

Judi said...

Hi Tootsie
Oh my goodness a landlady to precious little ones like that...isn't that interesting how they are all living so close and using each others material. I can't wait to your new little grandlandlady babies...*s*...
Yes be careful of those nasty little kitties...

Your lilsister is so nice. I've enjoyed her visits and visiting her blog too! Lucky you for being able to share with her...

hope things are good with you...
better than last summer...
hope your weather is good...I hope you aren't having all the rain we're having...its raining...once more...
Judi

salmagundi said...

That nest does look a little precarious, doesn't it? Guess she missed the day they talked about a firm foundation at nest building school. Keep us posted. Sally

I Play Outside The Box said...

How sweet!!

Lori E said...

Well at least you are not a slum lord. These birds have lovely abodes.
I don't think it will fall off cause birds just know these things.

momstheword said...

We had a bird build a nest in the engine of our truck. It hadn't been driven in awhile and my hubby opened the hood to give it a go-over and saw the nest and the little eggs!

I thought that was one smart bird. Except for when sombody needs to use their vehicle and doesn't know about the nest.

Boosalis Bloggle said...

I will admit that I am a brat. But, I didn't give you my germs. Mine were all together different ones. I'll share them if you really, really want me to. =)

As far as salvaging a bird's nest...I don't know how to do that. Mama bird never came back to destroy hers (maybe finches don't do that...I dunno), so I finally took it down today. I had my gloves on and everything, except I should have worn a mask. It was a shame to throw that incredible nest in the trash. If it hadn't been for the poop I would have kept it. It was a perfect...well, except for the poop.

So, today I started feeling a little sick. I decided to search the Internet to make certain I didn't have Bird Poop Flu or something along those lines. Once I realized I was in the clear, I miraculously felt better. =)

Hope you feel better soon...well, after the sewer line gets repaired.