Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Because I Am Smart Like That

Over the weekend I counted 5 barn swallow nests in the barn plus 2 in the makings. One of the nests is old. It has been above the light for 2 years. So at 6:30 am this morning after noticing which nests had "parents" in them, I decided that the one nest over the light, the one that has been there for 2 years, was not occupied. Why at 6:30 am I was possessed to remove it, but I did. And of course, one might ask, why did I not at least check to see if there were occupants in it? Well, that thought crossed my mind AFTER I took the nest down and discovered 3 eggs plus one very newly born baby bird in there. Yes, I am smart like that. I was mortified. I felt like the biggest heel. A baby bird killer. I had to act fast before the mom came back to the nest. Trying to concrete it up with mud like the barn swallows do was not in the time card or patience level. THINK?! What would work quick and fast in a pinch?

Yes!! That was it!! Electrical tape!!!! And lots of it!!! Now I may have to do some repair work during the next few weeks to insure the babies safety due to my novice nest repair work, but I am happy to report that there was a barn swallow was in the nest tonight when I checked so she must approve of my handy work:) However, I am taking the nest down AFTER the babies leave the nest......I can't have my barn looking all ghetto like that! LOL

Why can't the barn swallows just build a simple little nest like the Robin's do? This nest is in one of my maple trees.......away from my cats line of vision!

This year I was excited to find a nest with a morning dove in it! They are pretty birds
and I love watching them in the yard.

And in case I haven't mentioned in the last few posts, the Romneys are coming to Harvest Thyme! I stole this picture from Kim Goodlings Facebook page:) This is the little Romney ewe I bought from her. I truly am in love! Okay, I promise not to brag too much but I am so excited!

8 comments:

Deb said...

OMG Kristi, that is the funniest story I have heard in a long, long time :) and the picture......that says it all. Only someone with an enormous heart would save a bird and eggs in a nest. GOOD FOR YOU !!

Christy said...

We have a barn swallow nesting in our barn too. The wren hasn't come back yet though.

Kim said...

Ah yet another use for duct tape! Priceless!

IsobelleGoLightly said...

Hee hee heeeee! My lady had a good laugh at the photograph with the taped nest. It is nice of you to try to save the birdies.

Teri said...

HAHAHA!! That is so funny! I can totally imagine doing something like that myself. Good for you for "repairing" the nest and tolerating the "ghetto" look of it all until they are done with it. :o)

Jessica [beforethedawn.org] said...

Thank God for duct tape! I'm glad you were able to "put back" the nest.

The photo of that darling ewe is just TOO cute!

kristi said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by! Farm life and animals are never dull and always keeps one on their toes! Duct tape is still holding strong as of this evening:)

Shula said...

Oh I do like the look of your Romney lamb. What a great face. And LOL yet another duct tape use, I'm impressed you managed to get it back up there level. I'm always saving the baby swallows that fall out of the nests in the barn.