I recently posted a blog about inappropriate birdie nesting sites. Now we have another one situated in the arbor above our deck, and Mama's bottom is perfectly positioned to drop bombs on anyone passing below.
This is the third nest to be built in as many years. In addition to this one and the one I wrote about earlier, we had a sparrow take up residence in a metal watering can we kept on a shelving unit. Those babies were lucky they weren't accidentally drowned; it would have been so easy to stick the hose in and fill the can with water, completely unaware of the little ones inside.
I have even seen birds nesting in traffic lights strung out in the middle of busy intersections. What an awful place for the babies when it is time for them to learn to fly. This is the avian version of the Darwin Award at its bird-brained finest:
Our deck has also attracted the attention of a couple of mockingbirds. They must be nesting somewhere nearby because every time we let our cats out in the backyard --- Phoebe loves to bask in the sun and channel her interior tiger --- the mockers dive bomb them, chase them, cuss them out, and just generally make their life hell. Phoebe will stand her ground, but Penny is deathly afraid of the birds --- as she is of most things that move --- and will run back to the house. I've even had mockingbirds dive at me while I mow the lawn; they are very aggressive and territorial for songbirds.
As soon as the current maternity ward closes, we plan to get one of those plastic owls and place it where it will --- hopefully --- scare off other birds thinking of raising their families in and around our deck. It might also give our poor cats relief from the aerial assault.
Traffic light nest: http://www.funnyjunk.com/funny_pictures/72205/Traffic/
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