Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Duplex Bird House

I guess the black-capped chickadee likes privacy and the mother robin doesn't. Robins build messy nests like this one on a ledge below my balcony and I do believe this chickadee is judging it. Can you see a look of disgust on her little face too? via

11 comments:

Kay G. said...

The robin is too big for a bird box. They nest in trees mostly but will nest near a home if in a protected spot. Thanks for giving the robin protection!

Catherine said...

I have come to dislike robins. They are much meaner to all the other birds than the blue jays

Content in a Cottage said...

Kay G. -- I haven't seen any robins in my yard yet this spring. Maybe it's too early for them. I think I will clean my ledge the next nice day to get rid of all the old robin's nest so they can start afresh this year. I am happy they feel safe here.
xo, Rosemary

Content in a Cottage said...

Catherine -- My robins are very non confrontational. I have never witnessed any hostility towards other birds. They have a large habitat at my house because I am next to parkland with woods. The bossiest birds I have are the little house wrens. I have seen them chase blue jays and other large birds that had the nerve to get near their nesting box. They took over my bluebird box the last two years and that made me sad. I just cleaned it out and moved it so maybe I will get bluebirds again. The wrens have decided to build in a tin birdhouse o my balcony. They still have several Williamsburg clay bird bottles awaiting them too.
I will study my robins carefully this year and welcome them back to my ledge to build nests.
xo, Rosemary

lisa said...

Love this picture! Personally, I have found Bluejays to be the most disagreeable birds in my yard. They scare all the other birds away.

Betty said...

I've had robins for a week or so in South Carolina. Spring is here!

Linda said...

For the last few days a pair of Bluejays have been industriously building their nest outside of our family room window so that we can be observers. No binoculars required. Nor do we even have to get up off the couch! These two are so busy tucking twigs and grasses into the English Ivy grown up the bark of the Oak (which I should have pulled off last fall), they haven't had a moment to be nasty to other birds in the area. According to my dog-eared copy of "Birds, A Guide to the Most Familiar American Birds", there soon will be 4-6 greenish to olive eggs spotted with brown." I am fully aware of how Bluejays can menace other bird's nests. Yet, for now, since they have provided us with this treat, I choose not to speak ill of them.

Our Wrens behave as yours do, Rosemary. They are impolite.

Content in a Cottage said...

Betty -- Thanks for the update. I'll be on the lookout for my Robins to return soon.
xo, Rosemary

Content in a Cottage said...

lisa -- As I mentioned before, most of my birds have learned to get along together. The big birds nest in the spruce grove in the front and the others seem to stay in the back in bird bottles, bird boxes, bird houses, the ledge under my balcony floor, and in the woods.
xo, Rosemary

Content in a Cottage said...

Linda -- Your wonderful view of blue jays building a nest so you can watch from your sofa sounds positively delightful. Maybe this is their way of winning your love. Enjoy watching the eggs hatch and later the flying lessons. Maybe they will come back each year.
xo, Rosemary

Content in a Cottage said...

Betty -- I saw my first lone Robin yesterday. Yay!
xo, Rosemary