While using some of the “extra” day this weekend to do a little sprucing up of The Aerie’s yard, The Beloved noticed that we have taken on some new houseguests this summer.
Most famously renowned in southern California for “returning to Capistrano”, it seems one family has made a home under the eave at the crest of our roof.
Now there’s a lot of homeowners around here that go bonkers when they see a swallow’s nest, citing that they bring fungi and other nasties too close to the home, but really all they do is make a big mess. As soon as they see one, they turn on the hose-jet to eliminate the nest and “discourage” future nest builders.
The presence of the nest wasn’t nearly so alarming for us (in fact, it answered a question from the other day about ‘what all that bird racket was’). We like birds – hummingbirds, orioles, and quail are frequent backyard visitors. Besides, these birds have migrated all the way from Argentina – seems a little rough to give them the heave-ho.
And one nest can’t make that much of a mess, right?
Check back in later in the summer.