We have discovered that we have new neighbors just off our patio! Mr. and Mrs. Bird moved in while she was expecting and now their little family has expanded. We haven't seen the babies yet, but it sounds like there are at least three.
Mrs. Bird flies around and lands on the roof (bottom pic) then swoops down to the fence and after scoping out the area lands on the woodpile (top pic). From the woodpile she dives into a hole between logs and then, after a few minutes will fly out another entrance at the bottom of the woodpile. Can you imagine building
your nest in a woodpile? What about cats that like to prowl around our yard?
Mr. Bird keeps a sharp lookout but rarely does anything else. Mrs. Bird is getting plenty of exercise flying off to look for food. She comes back with the biggest worms for her little ones.
It has been so fun for us to watch all the coming and going over the weekend. I'm sure I irritated her something awful because I have been out planting flowers in pots for my patio. When the happy, expectant couple moved in it was still cold and snowy here so there was no activity on our patio. Mrs. Bird probably thinks it's Grand Central Station. No telling what the little ones thought when Pilot Dad started up the lawn mower and mowed the yard today!
We have had other Bird families around who have used our roof for "flight training." Their parents would have them fly from over our garage door to just over our front door. Not a far distance but enough to help them build their confidence. We could watch them from our kitchen table. I wonder when these little ones will be big enough to begin their lessons?