153/365 Nice place to visit…

My backyard is very bird-friendly. I have feeders, birdbaths, bushes, trees and Audubon-approved bird houses. We don’t use chemicals on the yard. A haven for birds, right? Wrong. They come to my yard for food and water and cover, but have rarely nested here.

My next-door neighbors know little about birds and can only name the most common. They put chemicals on the lawn, have dogs* and an indoor/outdoor cat. Years ago they put up some ridiculous looking bird houses (shaped like birds) and guess what. Birds nest in them every year and build nests in their trees.

No fair.

Advertisements

6 thoughts on “153/365 Nice place to visit…

  1. I know from experience that what you need is a spot where you absolutely DO NOT want a bird to nest. Not sure about all species, but it definitely works with robins.

    Like

  2. Oh, I feel your pain! We finally gave up on bird feeding and housing since we just seemed to attract squirrels, chipmunks, bears, spiders, and other people’s cats. (We still have scruffy squirrels eyeing the house, hanging out on fallen logs in the woods, like young street punks looking for a fix!) On a bright note: our bumper crop of dead trees means we always have a pileated woodpecker about, and there’s a broad-shouldered hawk pair nesting somewhere close.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s