This past summer has proven to be monumental in the development of our birdhouses. We have quite a few of them on our deck, trees and patio. We started putting them on our deck for decoration but last year put some in trees and under the deck (which is on the 2nd story) to see if we could get any birds to nest in them.
One birdhouse was in a grove of poplars in the middle of our yard and I'd seen a bird going in and out of it but couldn't make out what breed it was. My dog, Oliver, was sniffing around at the base of the tree one day acting kinda funny. When I went to investigate I found a baby blue bird on the ground! Oliver and I sat back and watched as the momma coaxed the baby to fly. The birdhouse they happened to habitate in was a baby blue fish. Ironic, huh? Unfortunately, I was so excited, I didn't think to get my camera.
A few weeks later, while resting in the shade after weeding (my favorite!) I heard a fluttering ruckus nearby and looked up to discover a house wren going into a birdhouse under the deck! I think I actually clapped my hands (yes, I'm a dork!) I sat very still and strained to hear tiny chirps. We had several babies! More claps. I ran for my camera and started shooting. All I can say is "Thank heaven for the person who invented digital photography" because I would have had to pay for several rolls of film to be developed to get the half dozen good shots I ended up with.
As if this wasn't enough excitement, Mother Nature has also proven to be no match for our birdhouses! We experienced a 5.8 earthquake on Aug. 23 followed by hurricane Irene later that week. They all survived unscathed!
Can't wait to see who moves into the neighborhood next spring!