Sunday, March 13, 2011

Dear Neighbors

Dear Neighbors,

I know when you are on your morning walks you wonder why we have the winter/Christmas wreath still hanging on our door.    I promise we realize that it is way past time to take it down.    However, for some reason our front door seems to be the ideal place for birds to build their nest every year.    It does not matter what kind of welcome wreath, sign or art I place there, the birds find it prime real estate to build a nest and raise a family.





Up until last night there were these five eggs nesting in our wreath.     Then we heard the crash and scraaattttccchhhh of nails.    I knew immediately.    Our neighbor's cat had been trying to figure out how to get up there for the last several days.     From the carnage, we think she stood on top of one of our wicker chairs and pounced onto the wreath.    She must have tried to hang on, but then slid down the front door.     She did manage to get what she wanted.    Her leap caused the nest to fall to the ground and all the eggs were crushed in the fall.   The boys were just furious although we explained that the cat was just doing what cats do.  

So I guess now we can change our wreath on the front door to something more seasonally appropriate.    I just wish I could figure out how to put up a sign for the birds that says, "No Vacancies"!

6 comments:

Shelby said...

aw, poor little baby birds-to-be...

The birds must know that your place is a place of welcome and love!

HEATHER said...

Well that's just awful!
A few well placed mothballs will discourage the birds from building there if you want to put a stop to that.

Erin said...

Our front door seems to be a place that birds love too. We've had to evict a few after the babies have grown up and flown away. So I guess we didn't technically evict since they left the nest, we just took down the nest. That the mama bird promptly made again the following year. We are in about year 4 of this.

The Japanese Redneck said...

Yes, that's cats for you. Sorry to hear it.

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Ugh, dumb cat. I'm not a kitty person, so I think that's awful, poor baby birdies :(

My next door neighbor had this last year, with either her fall or Christmas wreath. She had a nest and eggs and we watched them off and on (she put updates on Facebook too, so fun!) until they finally hatched. She said the babies were SO LOUD! Always chirping.

I know you'll be glad to get a new wreath out, so at least there's one positive in there :)

K Storm said...

nature can be so cruel...we had a hard time explaining the raccoon that got our last nest was just trying to eat and survive too