Monday, July 1, 2013

The Nest


Okay, I’ve news.  Well, not really news, it’s more like, I have some self-invited guests.  Technically, they are more like self-invited housemates, because we’re now living under the same roof!  Just a few weeks ago, it was one of the typical, hectic morning that I tried to get the kids out the door to go to school on time (and tried to keep myself in one piece at the same time).  As soon as I stepped out the door, I notice something strange at my front door porch.  There were puddles of mud drops on the ground right on the porch.  I puzzled for a few seconds, rubbed my eyes to make sure that wasn’t illusion as I was still trying to get myself awake.  I looked around the area, nothing unusual.  Then, I looked up the roof and this was what I saw(see picture below).  A well built nest, that happened just overnight.  After dropping the kids off to school, I had a little “investigation”, along with my camera. 

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After standing there for a couple of minutes with my camera clicking, this little guy peek out of his/her nest. (see picture below)

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There!  See picture below with the big-o white arrow!  See that little fellow?  Apparently, he/she feels that this is a nice and quiet neighborhood and decided to settle down and call this place, home!  Well, that was exactly what my hubby and I did a couple of years ago.  Guess we do have a little in common.  After all, we are “housemates” now.  After consulting the “bird expert” (sorry, it’s an inside joke), I was told that the birds are probably building a nest for his/her eggs.  When the babies hatches and can fly on their own, the whole family probably will move somewhere else.  But of course, the mud drops used to build their nest wasn’t the only thing that they have left on my porch.  The situation is getting worse each day and I don’t think I should post that yucky picture on my blog, I’m sure you understand.  But I have the evident on file!  So, I just need to host down my porch every now and then until they’re ready to move on.
 
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On the up side, the kids had been so excited to check out the nest every single day after school.  We all wonder how many eggs there are in the nest.  Just a few days ago, I was watering my plants outside and found a half shell on one of the plants.  The shell was quite tiny though.  But then, this little fellow wasn’t that big at all.  If that’s a shell from one of her eggs, I guess that’s about the right size.  Unfortunately, I haven’t see any baby birds yet.  I’ll sure to report back when I capture something interesting on camera.  Does that ever happen to you?  Did you ever have to deal with the self-invited guests/housemates (either in animal form or human form)?  I would love know how you handled the situation.  

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61 comments:

  1. Animals, birds and creeping vines we hang on to, our houseguests have never over stayed their welcome..isn't it funny this little family picked such a high traffic place to build..they aren't scared of you, it is like you were chosen ;-) or honored to be their hosts! Look forward to baby photos...

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    1. My neighbors love bird and have feeders all over their yard. I'm not totally surprise they picked our roof to build as they can get food easily! ;) I was able to capture some pictures of the babies. Please check out the latest post for the picture.

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  3. Nice post Amy. Loved your new housemates :)

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    1. Thank you, Rekha. Just posted some new pictures with baby birds. Feel free to check them out.

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  4. I have these 'guests' quite often. They'll build their nests in the eaves of my windows so I'll get dried leaves, plastic, twigs and what not all scattered in my garden. Sometimes I do find the empty egg shells and at times some of these poor little birdies just dropped dead in my garden. Live and let live!

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    1. Wow, seems like your guests use many creative things to build their nests. :) I captured some baby birdie pictures earlier. Feel free to check out the new post.

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  5. Awwww, I think it's just cute that the birds has chosen your house to nest on..


    Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen

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    1. I know....I think that's because my neighbor has a few bird feeder at her yard. So, it's easy for them to find food in our area. hahaha...

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  6. At first I thought it was going to be a wasp's nest...I could live with a bird as long as I didn't have to hose down the porch forever :)

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    1. Yes, we first thought it was a wasp's nest too until we see the little builder! I love the singing of the birds...just not so must of cleaning up my porch every day! hahaha....

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    1. I agree. They are really cute...especially their babies. :)

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  8. Wonderful pictures Amy! We just had these guests stay on our front porch the beginning of May and I can relate to what you've been finding on your porch :) It supposed to bring luck so hopefully great things are coming your way :) We didn't get to take such clear photos though as my hubby used his camera phone. Can't wait to see the baby birdies :)

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    1. I simply love hearing them sing everyday...just not so much cleaning up after them. I captured some baby birdie pictures, check out the new post if you're interested to see. :)

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    1. :) Yes, it's pretty cool....except the cleaning I have to do every day! hahaha...

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  10. We seem to get birds every year, our house seems to be a prime spot :) I hope you see cute baby birds!

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    1. Yes, I finally see the little baby birds, they are so cute. Check out my new post if you're interested to see the pictures.

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  11. I have seen birds building their nests in the hollow bricks in my neighbour's house but not mine. Good that you let them stay. Some people would have destroyed their nest and chase them away.

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    1. I think letting them stay is the right thing to do. After all, they don't stay forever and will move away as soon as their babies can fly. :) I really enjoy their singing too.

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  12. I am continuously fighting with sparrow which have nests somewhere not far from my balcony and steal herbs I have so much difficulty to grow every year... Before we used to have pigeons (they were dirty but didn't steal herbs). Now that bi pigeons are gone, sparrows do what they want!

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    1. oh...I didn't know sparrows love herbs! My neighbor loves birds and have a few feeders at her back yard. So, the birds are never out of food in my neighborhood!

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  13. Never seen a bird build a nest out of mud.. We have some mocking bird nests right now in a tree in our front yard.. What type of birds are these??

    Mr. & Mrs. P
    http://cristyandmichael.blogpost.com

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    1. Mocking bird and nest sounds interesting. I had no idea what bird these are until many pointed out that they are swallows. And they probably will fly away when their babies can fly.

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  14. i love to have them but no one is turning up..

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    1. :P I know...they just showed up one day. you never know, maybe you'll get a nest the next season. We lived here for a few years and this is the first time having them.

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  15. I thought at first it was a wasp nest - but bird nest is much nicer. Hopefully you'll get a peek at one of the cute chickies soon!

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    1. I agree, my hubby thought it was a wasp's nest at the beginning. Good that they are swallows. :) Check out my new post for the baby's pictures.

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  16. Aww... So cute! How exciting! I wonder what kind of birds are those. I can't wait to see some chicks pictures soon!

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    1. Many confirmed that these are swallows. Check out my new post for baby pictures. :)

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  17. Nice post..., and nice birds: they are swallows!!!!
    Waiting for more pictures...
    Regards

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    1. Thanks for the information. I didn't have a clue on what they were. Thanks for pointing that out. Please check my latest post for the baby birds' pictures.

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  18. Aww adorable guests :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. Thank you, CCU. I just got some baby birds pictures if you're interest to check out the new post. :)

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  19. The Spruce tree near my computer room takes in "renters" each spring. It has been FuN watching the young birds learn how to fly using the branches of our Dogwood Tree. They have now moved on. :) We like them much better than the deer who eat our flowers.
    ~Judy

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    1. Oh...how nice you get too see the birds up close. I would love to see how they learn to fly too. :)

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  20. We used to have a nest too, but our cats had chased them away...:-(

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    1. I don't cats.....anymore. And this nest is way up high so even if I have pets, I'm sure the birds are still gonna stay. :)

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  21. We used to have these little guys set up household every year when we lived in Texas. They usually had two sets of chicks before the summer was over. Talk about a mess! I be the mother was worn out after that. This year we have a little sparrow that has built a nest in one of our hanging baskets on our porch. Thank goodness my husband discovered it before the little ones hatched.

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    1. I know...as much as I love their singing, it's quite a mess on my porch on a daily basis. I just saw the babies and took some pictures. Oh...if they'll have 2 sets of chicks, I bet they'll stay for a lot longer then. The first set couldn't even fly yet.

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  22. I think swallows build out of mud. Lucky you. I love watching them hatch-if you are so lucky. We have had countless robin's nests and magpies and finches. They say it is good luck when a bird chooses your house, so consider yourself blessed!

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    1. Thank you, Abbe, for the information. :) The swallows already hatched! I captured some baby pictures too. Can't wait to see them fly on their own.

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  23. I've never seen a nest like that. What kind of bird is that? You could always call your Wild Bird Sanctuary and they will come and take care of it or tell you what to do. Very interesting and I'm sure fascinating for your kids to watch.

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    1. I later found out these are swallows. Guess I'll just let them stay until they are ready to move on. :) My kids love watching them. They are so cute and I capture some new baby birds picture too.

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  24. Awww I love your new housemates!!!! Too cute :)

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    1. Thanks, Ashley. they sure are cute...their babies are even cuter! :)

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  25. They looked like swallows. I heard that they choose nice house to build their nest for their home and it may bring good luck to you. When the babies are grown up, they move out in Winter and the parents will come back next year for their new generation.

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    1. Thank you and I certainly hope so. They are so cute. Can't wait to see the babies spread their wings.

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    1. Thank you, Natalie. Check out my new post on the babies if you're interested. ;)

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  27. Hi Amy, that's a cute little nest. Love your new housemate. Birds bring good fengshui, let them stay as long as they like.

    Best regards.

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    1. I didn't know birds bring good fengshui as I already plan to let them stay as long as they want. The good fengshui would be a great "bonus"! ;)

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  28. So adorable. And it's that time of the year where there's others who just insist in building nest everywhere. I have a wasps nest situation that needs to be tackle tomorrow. Not a pretty sight, let me assure you :D

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    1. oh no...sorry about the wasps nest situation. I was afraid it was a wasp's nest at the beginning. Glad they turned out to be swallows. But still, the mess they left behind each day is not pretty!

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  29. They picked here because they know the lady owner has a kind heart to house them for a while :)

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    1. aww...thank you, Danny. Yes, they can stay as long as they want. I just took some pictures of their babies. So adorable.

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  30. That is awesome looking nest! It must be taken quite bit of time to build. Sounds like messy situation but interesting.

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    1. yes, messy situation for sure. And it only took them a day to build the whole thing. Very amazing!

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