Back in December and January, Oilburner and I had the great fortune of hosting Rogey of All Things Rogey delight. We had a great time getting to know Rogey in person, showing him parts of the US he hadn't visited before, and watching him take his first fledgling ride on US roads. His concern was getting accustomed to the opposite road rules here, and if he could overcome them. (Like I have any doubts.)
Well, today we are hosting a few more guests, but they will be staying a little longer.
We have a screened patio attached to the house. For the most part, it has been extremely effective at what it was designed to do, keep bugs out. In some cases it hasn't been so effective at keeping things in. Case in point, the first time we had some friends over with greyhounds that had never encountered screens before. One of their pups decided it would be easier to use the screen opening rather than an actual door. I mean, they had to wait for the door to be opened, after all. (Luckily the screen was old and ripped easily. That instance has given us hours and hours of amusement.)
Over the years I have replace all but one of the screen panels. Our lawn care folks are making it necessary to focus on getting that done, as they didn't care that their weed-eater shredded the bottom of it. Tsk, tsk. Replacing that screen hasn't been on my high priority list as it has been winter and we don't have too many little bugs yet.
We've had the occasional bird manage to get caught in the screen room over the years. Not sure how they were able to get in. Probably something to do with those replaced screens. So we weren't too surprised to find another bird in the patio room the other day. With the rip in the one screen, and the loose, ripped panels in the doors, the place is far from impregnable.
When we started comparing notes though, we realized we had each been seeing a bird on the patio, separately. I opened my eyes and really "saw" the patio in all it's messy glory, outside of the yellowish green tinged everything was colored from the pollen, besides the 10 year old breaking down patio furniture, in addition to the "wonderful, useful" items that we had procrastinated in taking to Goodwill (and was now caked with pollen), besides the rolled up hammock standing on end...
Wait a second... There's a birds nest tucked into the end of the hammock! What the...?!?!
Some little birdy had taken it as great fortune with multiple passages into our screen room, and made a little nest that was home to a little egg. We were concerned we had scared mommy bird away since we hadn't seen her in a couple days. We didn't need to worry long when a look the next day revealed 5 eggs. Hmmm...
Arriving home last night I was greeted with a little head popping out of the nest inquiring about my passing. She seems very calm though with our comings and goings for now. Lucky, since her little nest is about 6 inches from the hinged side of our back door.
Here's a poor picture. I don't want to completely intrude. :)