We have all heard what we should do “if the shoe fits”, but what if the shoe DON’T fit? Or in this case, what if the entry hole provided isn’t to your liking?
I bought this “green roof” birdhouse a few years ago on our anniversary trip to Mentone. I love picking out a plant to put on the roof every spring. I noticed that the entry hole in the front was ridiculously small, but since I bought it mostly for it’s cuteness and planting the top, I didn’t worry about it.
This spring when I walked out to survey my birdhouse and check to see if it needed new potting soil, I noticed a hole in the side wall of the birdhouse. A much bigger hole. A hole just the perfect size for a backyard bird.
At first I thought maybe there had been a knot in the wood there and it had fallen out. Upon closer inspection, I realized that something, some animal, had made this new hole.
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As spring came, and birds began to nest, I began to see a bird coming and going out of the side hole of my birdhouse. I decided not to plant anything on top, so that water would not harm any potential babies that might be inside.
I knew when I bought it, that the original hole was too small for most birds, but I didn’t realize that they would make their own entrance hole! It took me a long while to actually figure out that it is a mocking bird nesting here. They will sit on those trellises before they enter the birdhouse.
Maybe one day I’ll catch them in a photo.