Some of my outdoor chores get pushed off until I absolutely have to do them. This year, tidying my front porch took a backseat to starting the kitchen garden, fixing the water features, repairing the lawn equipment, and so forth. But we had company coming for Memorial Day weekend, and I wanted the porch to be inviting for our guests. So I finally spent some time on Saturday morning cleaning up the porch.
As a shed-less gardener, my porch doubles as a space to store some of my garden things. I’m a nest collector and I usually stash new nests on my porch until I can tuck them in my containers. Yesterday, I had the idea to display all my nests in a large french bird cage. I was gathering up nests when I stumbled on a real robin’s nest perfectly nestled on a shelf not two feet from my front door.
I was absolutely sick that I had disturbed the area around the nest and I quickly put things back in place. Thankfully, Mother Robin was back at her nest within 15 minutes.
My front porch robins have been fine neighbors. I had noticed a robin swooping away from my porch over the past few weeks, but I did not suspect they were building a place to live. The kids can see the nest from the front window without disturbing the robins. When we have a visitor, or open the front door, mother robin just flies off to a nearby shrub or tree branch and simply waits for the porch to be clear. She flies back to the nest after about five minutes. Fortunately, the robins do not dive bomb us.
This morning, I stepped out to get the paper and I peeked in on the nest. To my surprise, there are already two starlings in the nest.
So, it’s an exciting Memorial Day: Dad is reading his paper, I’m spending the day writing and the kids are learning about robins.