In regard to last week’s post, we finally got the doves to nest somewhere else. I think they decided on the neighbor’s deck. I’ve seen a couple of doves flying around and going over there. They have a bird feeder out so the new nest is closer to the “grocery store.”
Now we have a pair of house finches trying to build a nest under our deck. They’re very cute and much smaller than doves, but, like the doves, I doubt they’re deck-trained either. Their songs are very sweet and I love having songbirds around……….just not under my deck where I have to clean up after them.
I knocked their partially done nest off. It floated to the ground, a mixture of twigs and feathers. A few minutes later, the female had part of it in her beak headed back to where I’d knocked it off. I shooed them away time and again, but she seems determined to get her way. I stood out there for twenty minutes and thought they’d finally gone, but no. Once I came back in, here she came again with what she had left of the nest. I read online that house finches symbolize harmony in life. If you’re going through a tough time, finches remind you to persevere as good times will knock on your door again. This female is the perfect example of perseverance.
Another male keeps coming around the couple and getting run off. Between trying to nest where they’re not wanted and having to run off other suitors, the male can’t be very happy.
There are lots of trees nearby. I wish they’d go nest in one of them. That way we’d both be happy. I could hear them sing and watch them bring food to their babies out there. Just not on my deck. It’s time to send Hubby back to the hardware store and get some more “nest discouragement.” I don’t mean to discourage nature, but I’m not cleaning up after birds. It’s come down to a battle between whoever is the most stubborn female around here.
Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Matthew 6:26