We have this birdhouse in the corner of the yard near the carport. It was built many years ago – at least ten, probably more – as a project to use up some scrap building supplies. Initially there was hope that it would get used for nesting but I’ve never seen a bird even land on it so really it is just a decoration.
Over the years of exposure to extreme weather conditions it has begun to decay. There are now many cracks and gaps for ‘ventilation’ and a few small pieces have fallen off. Last year the main support post started to weaken and the whole thing tilted over at an odd angle away from the carport. The ‘decoration’ was becoming much less decorative.
A little more than a week ago I was sitting our in the yard taking advantage of the lovely spring weather. I watched a little black capped chickadee fly in the yard and perch on the old birdhouse. Then, to my surprise I saw it go inside! For the next hour I watched it come and go, in and out, a busy little bird. I believe it was only one bird – at least I only ever saw one at any given time.
Later, when there was no activity around the birdhouse I took a peek inside. It was very dark and hard to see much but it is full of bits of things. We tied the post over to straighten the house and give it some extra support ‘just in case’.
I’ve seen the bird(s) on and off over the past week – mostly in the evening. I’ve never mentioned it to the children – I know they’d be excited and it wouldn’t take much to knock that little house down. For now I just watch…and imagine the little birdie conversations;
Bird 1: Check out this house.
Bird 2: It needs a lot of work.
Bird 1: There’s a nice herb garden in the front yard.
Bird 2: But it is so drafty inside and that perch looks like it may fall off any moment.
Bird 1: It’s a great neighbourhood and it is within our budget.
Bird 2: There’s a lot of traffic and it’s noisy – so many children, constant construction, maybe we should keep looking.
Maybe I shouldn’t watch so much HGTV