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Turkey Tracks:  June 15, 2013

Nesting Bird Running Amok

The phobes built a nest over the kitchen door, raised three babies, fledged them early one morning last week before I ever got up, and are now out singing in the woods.

I contrast that with what is occurring on the front porch.

I’ve been vaguely aware of something going on out there.  There’s was a large dark bird flitting about the porch and some straw along the roof edge.  The bird has only been seen in my peripheral vision, just a fluttering of black motion and then gone.  OK, I thought.  I can live with a nest up there for the summer.  The kiddos will love it.

Here’s what I encountered today when I went out to mow the lawn:

Bird nesting

A whole row of half-formed nests.

The ones on the far end seem to be more in earnest:

Bird nesting 2

But as near as I can tell, there isn’t a momma sitting on anything.

There are FOURTEEN of them–one in every pocket along the porch ceiling:

Bird nesting 3

I’ll give it a day or two, then I’ll have to get the ladder and a pail and clean it all up.

Mercy!

Written by louisaenright

June 15, 2013 at 3:14 pm

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  1. I’d put one of your rat terriers out there in the future…to keep the birds away…Didn’t you just clean that porch?

    Susan heath

    June 15, 2013 at 11:58 pm


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