This is above our front door. It's an Eastern phoebe nest. They love nesting around houses and barns and they are very comfortable around people and buildings. When we first moved here they would nest over the light fixture on the back porch....until we installed a ceiling. The first snake that I saw at this house was a giant black snake crawling up the porch to get to that nest. It got chopped in half and returned to the woods as a lesson to the other snakes. In the past few years she has been nesting on a gutter outside our bathroom window but that nest got destroyed recently. Then Chris had the garage door open one day and she was desperately building a nest in there. When he closed the door she was building here within an hour. We decided to leave her alone even though it's going to end up being a huge mess.
We have to take out a step stool to get a photo and it's an awkward angle but here are her 3 eggs. Yesterday I had lunch outside on the guest house steps to watch her.
Hopefully a snake will not try to climb up my front door to get to them.
We also have another bluebird nest and I'll get a photo of that soon.
5/26/2016 11:23:23 am
I love seeing these types of photos. Thanks for sharing.
5/26/2016 01:54:49 pm
I saw I have a next in my gutter. We are expecting heavy rain the next two days so good luck birdies! I will have to watch and see if the gutter overflows. I will have to get my brother over with his big ladder to help me with this issue. I have climbed on the roof years ago, but I am not real comfortable with doing it. The front is a story and a half off the ground.
5/27/2016 07:36:29 am
We had a determined phoebe a few years back, took several tries to discourage her from building under the veranda on the lower level above my sewing room window. We have to keep our grill covered too, as the Carolina Wrens like enclosed spaces, and we have found nests inside the grill on several occasions. Annoying when the food is waiting and the grill has to be thoroughly cleaned first.
5/27/2016 10:45:21 am
We had a sparrow making a nest on the front door wreath. We moved the nesting material to a stone wall close by for her use at another location but boy, was she mad!
5/27/2016 11:39:21 am
Oh,oh,oh! I had not considered the possibility of snakes around nests. Yikes, I will be alert for that now. We have phoebes around our pool. Love to watch their acrobatics, but they sure are messy.
5/27/2016 04:52:37 pm
You have such a big heart for the birdies Vicki! Yes, they can create a mess, but when they are gone.....you miss their presence. It is also FUN to watch the baby birds get their flying lessons. I guess it is a trade off but well worth it. I do enjoy your nesting posts.
You can deal with the mess if it means having wee little birdies so close. We saw a robin building one in the tree just outside our bedroom window but she didn't raise a family. I wonder if the squirrels might have eaten her eggs. I was so excited to think we would be able to see baby birds and so disappointed when nothing came of it.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.