Wrap Your Kids in Chicken Wire {persistence is the mother of invention}{20}

I know that “necessity” is actually the mother of invention but in this case it’s really more like persistence.  Really, it was persistence that made it necessary for me to invent.  So maybe both.  Invention has two moms.  That’s so current!

And  guess I didn’t really invent anything.  I just came up with a good idea to solve a problem.  See, it is the persistence of a certain bird in my yard that forced me to come up with this beauty.

Bird Nest on my porch light

see? i told you it ain't always pretty. . .

Fear not – this is only a temporary solution.  Even though it is perfectly ugly, it’s working (so far) perfectly well!  Let me explain the problem.

Every year during the Spring, there is a bird who decides that the top of our front porch light is where she has to build her nest.  This year it is a robin.  When I say “has to build” I mean, HAS TO!   She is absolutely obsessed.  . . .  Again and again she brings long grasses up to the light and lays them gently in a circle, preparing a safe little home for her imminent brood . . .  And again and again, I go out there and rip it all down.  That’s awful, right?  I know.  But, have you ever had a bird build a nest over your front door?  First of all, it makes a ridiculous mess.  Second, you have to stop using the door for fear of startling the babies (or even the adults) out of the nest.  Did I mention the mess?  We know because there have been a couple of years that the bird has gotten the whole nest built (you can’t believe how fast they are) and laid eggs in it, before we noticed.  If she gets that far we admit she has won the battle and just deal with it.  But it’s only happend twice in the last 15 years.

So this is the week (sometimes it goes on for two or three weeks) that the battle begins.
She puts it up there . . .

How to keep birds off porch light

 

And I take it down.

How to keep birds off porch light

 

She puts it up there . . .

And I take it down.

How to keep birds off porch light

Here is the work that she has done and I have destroyed in the last two days.

How to keep birds off porch light

How to keep birds off porch light

my special "bird nest removal tool". . .

I am so sorry that I have to be so mean to this bird.  Seriously.  It kills me.  BUT we do live out in the country.  There are about 7,000 trees and bushes on this property that will make a perfectly lovely spot to build a nest.  You know I love the birds.  You know I feed the birds.  And you know I even put up houses for them.  This robin is persistent – but I am even more persistent.  I’m happy to report that she seems to have given up as soon as I put the chicken wire over the light.  Now she can go off and get her real nest going!

That bird is not the only thing that has been persistent around here lately.  GERMS have also been very persistent.  Chicken wire worked to keep the bird off the light.  Maybe it would work to keep germs off the kids??   I tried wrapping the kids in chicken wire before sending them to school but they weren’t having it.  (you were wondering about that crazy post title, right?) Seriously though.  It has been a rough month for my little family.  Some or all of us have had the coughing flu, the barfing flu, and/or strep throat for about 3 weeks straight.  I’m like a broken record who just keeps saying, “WASH your HANDS!  DON’T put your FINGERS in your MOUTH!!”   As I type this we are currently just one man down (Mr. Social Media – stomach flu) and I’m hoping that that is the END OF THIS NONSENSE!  I’m looking forward to getting back into a regular routine and also getting back to regular blog posts, too.

If you’ve stuck around till the end here with me – I’ll share a couple more photos.  I’ve heard an awful lot of complaints about Spring this year.  It’s too cold.  It’s too rainy.  It’s too slow.  Well, that’s Spring.  It’s changeable and frustrating at times.  But.  It is also quite persistent.  I’m already listening to the Peepers at night – and soon enough we’ll be listening to the rustle of leaves on the trees, too!  Be patient.

How to keep birds off porch light

How to keep birds off porch light

How to keep birds off porch light

I had to lie on the ground to take those daffodil pictures.  Do you remember from last Spring what happens when I lie on the ground to take pictures?

How to keep birds off porch light

always. right by my side.

 

Has Spring sprung (all the way) in your neck of the woods?  This Spring is certainly a lot different than last year!  What is blooming in your yard today?

-breida

 

 

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