This morning, while we were eating breakfast, I noticed something new on our deck.
Ok, not on our deck, but rather right beside our back door and on our light.
The boys are thrilled with our new neighbors. We watched them for about 20 minutes working away. Carrying beak-fulls of grasses and carefully weaving it into a nest. It has started loads of questions and observations. And it is a beautiful sight.
You have to wonder though about this new bird family and their choice of real estate. If you were to draw a circle with a 200 foot radius from our backdoor, you would not find another child living in a house. And I may even be estimating conservatively.
Our yard is the noisiest, most active yard in this area of our neighborhood and these poor unsuspecting newly weds have chosen to live and raise their children here.
So, here is my dilemma. Do we let the birds continue to build and lay their eggs only to have them dive bomb us daily as we attempt to use our backyard retreat? Or worse, have them abandon the eggs due to unusual traffic? Or do we try to live in peace for the 12-14 day incubation period and then the 14-16 days before they fly away.
Maybe, if we are lucky, these two are seasoned urbanites who appreciate the fact that there are children in this yard playing and scaring away the magpies and crows.
I hope so. I don't the boys will let me send them packing.
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