Mud nesting birds have built a home under the eve next to my back door, and I’m delighted, but not so much.
I love the idea that they are having babies in a place where I can see them. I hate the idea of cleaning up after them. I have a hard enough time keeping my own nest tidy, much less a family of feathered friends.
I attempted to discourage their choice of location by washing away the nest. But, these birdies were determined, and they promptly remuddied their home and settled in to raise a family. I didn’t have the heart to be Hurricane Margo and dismantle all their hard work again.
So now, the mother bird is sitting on her eggs, and I’m eagerly awaiting the arrival of the babies.
My concern is what happens after the little ones fly off to begin their search for food and shelter? Will Mama and Papa stay around, littering my entry way with their droppings and dive bombing visitors making their way to the door?
Bird lovers, Help! I’ve never attempted to build a mud nest so I don’t think I can effectively relocate this couple. But I’m not excited about having them as non-paying renters year round.
I’m open to any and all suggestions on how to provide low-cost housing to displaced residents. I don’t want to build a wall and have the bird community as a whole pay for it. Seems a bit extreme.
So, what suggestion might you offer…that does not require armed guards and incarceration.
I have a few days since the ‘nesting’ phase is still underway, but I’m just preparing for the future.
This is NOT a paid political advertisement, and I am NOT running for POTUS. National bird health care is not required, and higher minimum wages won’t be considered. I simply want a humanitarian solution to a non-human problem.