Over the years I've installed dozens of bird nesting boxes here. Already the first returning tree swallows are inspecting them as potential brood sites and it's my duty as landlady/janitor to make sure these dwellings are clean enough to pass muster.
Some boxes contained remnants of last year's nests and some contained field mice nests. A box in my backyard even had a red squirrel setting up house.
|Not exactly beautiful, but this box seems pleasing to a tree swallow couple.|
|Some of the boxes have waterfront views.|
|A red squirrel's nest. She made the woodchips by chewing into the box's walls.|
|A pair of mallards paddle downstream as I intrude upon their nesting site.|
|This song sparrow was one of many declaring territorial ownership this morning.|
|A male goldfinch is slowly changing into his summer wardrobe.|
|One of several dozen pine siskins that frequent my feeders these days.|
|A cottontail rabbit inspecting a hollow under a brush pile.|