This spring we hung a bird house. It's a natural cedar house, and at first I was going to paint it, but it smells so good and the wood is so naturally pretty, that we left it as it was, and hung it up. We don't have a fence around our property and our trees are still too young for a bird house, so we finally decided upon hanging a house in this little nook. After that, we pretty much just tried to stay out of the way of the house, and waited. The chickadees and finches both checked it out, but didn't stay... until finally after a few weeks of being impatient, a couple of tree swallows moved in.
Since then we've learned a thing or two about tree swallows, one of them being, that they prefer their nests be out in fields on fence posts for example... places where they can see all around and their house is protected by the 'open space' - however they are known to take over other nesting cavities too, and so in this case that's what they did. Another thing we learned, is that it's safer for this size of bird, to NOT have a perch on the outside of the house, because it makes it easier for predator birds to get in.
Luckily we have a street sign in the corner of our yard that they can perch on during the day. They take turns flying back to the house to check on their eggs, and just recently... we started to hear the tiny chirps of babies. We've heard that once the babies fly from the nest, that's it, it's over... so I don't know how much longer this will last. But it's been a very sweet addition to the beginning of our summer. We can see the nest from the window in our kitchen, and the birds have gotten to trust us being around, so they don't mind us peeking out the window at them from time to time...
On a side note, hubby has been wanting to get a pressure washer for a few years now, and since his birthday is coming up at the end of August, I might just have to surprise him with one. We realized once we hung the house and birds moved in, that getting to clean this side of the house kind of got put on hold until our little friends moved out. But it was a good excuse to wait. It's been really neat watching the tree swallows swoop around the yard in the evenings collecting bugs, and of course the whole experience of having birds move into our new little house, watching them bring twigs and feathers to build their nest, seeing them mate on the post in the yard, and finally hearing that the babies have hatched. I would say a little dust on the side of the house in the mean time has been totally worth it. And when they do finally go... I'm sure hubby will have a blast playing with his new water toy too. Ahh the joys of summer...
What have you been up to lately?
Hope your 4th of July weekend has been wonderful.