(Yep. That’s true. The trees and the cedar closet. And the house’s voice that said to me when I walked through the front door, “Where have you been? I’ve been waiting for you!”)
A few weeks ago I spied a pair of Baltimore Orioles flying in and out of one apple tree! I was ecstatic! Maybe we would have a nest.
Our house is surrounded by our own four acres (mostly wooded), with eight wooded acres to the north, four to the west, six to the south and five to the east. But even with all those trees, our house is covered in nests!!
Several of these nests were under the deck last summer, and every time we went on the deck the angry birds flew out!
Nuthatches love our bird bottles.
If you don’t have a bird bottle you must get one.
This spring we cleaned out the bottle and found the little nest, complete with tiny bluejay feathers tucked in. Nuthatches are pretty tough birds!
Our deck has two tables. The tiny table at the far end of the deck is just big enough for two.
I’ve used it for homecoming brunches …
… and everyday blueberry breakfasts!
The table near the kitchen is large enough to hold twelve,
although it is also comfortable for four.
Fourth of July Table
Cape Cod Table
Decorating around the umbrella pole is a challenge, but I usually find something fun to put there.
maybe a fisherman.
I went away for awhile and returned with plans for springtime celebrations and new tabletops for the deck, and eager to see which pair of birds was nesting in the apple tree.
I was greeted by this beautiful sight
on the tiny table …
and this mess on the other.
I looked up.
For the next several days I spent most of my time watching Momma Robin feather her nest. When it was ready she laid one tiny blue egg each day.
Now she is sitting and keeping those eggs warm.
I watch from my kitchen window.
Daddy Robin watches from nearby.
No one messes with him.
That lamp is 18″ tall.
If we go out on the deck Daddy Robin makes it clear that he does not like it.
Did you know that robins dive bomb birds and humans who come too close to their nests???
So my springtime tables have been decorated by
I see the orioles flying nearby too, but their nest location remains a mystery to me.
And the robins think they are quite clever.
I have my front door to use this year.
But not my deck.
Today I am joining the
Most Marvelous Marty
at A Stroll Thru Life