Tonight was an interesting night when it involves birds and butterflies, and insects.
When I got home I noticed the backyard was rather quiet compared to normal. I realized the normal flock of Martins were not flying above. I then noticed several pesky Sparrows sitting on the Martin house. Those birds drive me nuts as they are not easy to get rid of.
After shooing them off a few times, only to see the male return as soon as I closed the back door, I decided to take down the Martin house to see if they had started to build any nests.
The first nesting box we opened had 4 Purple Martin Babies. They barely had their eyes open.
While continuing to check the other nests, we saw another nest that had 2 eggs. These nests I’m looking at, and expect to see with the Purple Martin are like these.
Then the inevitable happened. I opened up this nest.
The dreaded Sparrow nest. Here’s my yearly dilemma. I don’t have the heart to shoot, kill, or trap the sparrows. What I have done is start checking the nests daily, and if I see a Sparrow nest I instantly remove it. Knowing the Sparrows, they’ll be back with another nest just like above, then I’ll remove that one. That normally goes on for a week or two (seems to be their breaking point).
I’m guessing the Sparrows are rearing their ugly head because some of the Martins seemed to have migrated yesterday, So now we begin the man vs nature ritual.