Thursday, 28 April 2022

She Won The Argument

Would that everyone had such simple problems as I.

In the past week I've tried my best to thwart a robin's plans to build a nest in my garage. The amount of robin poo splattered on my poor car was atrocious! But she insisted and rebuilt every time I tore down her nest. Her commitment to the site was stronger than my will to dispute. She won the argument and I'll simply park my car elsewhere.

The tulip bulbs I planted last Fall came up but will not produce the pink blooms I'd hoped for. A rabbit ate the shoots off to the ground. If the bulbs survive, I'll protect the plants with chicken wire next Spring. As I said, my problems are trivial.

This weekend a motorcyle protest calling themselves "Rolling Thunder Ottawa" is planned. Only months ago, our city was beseiged by a trucking protest called "Freedom Convoy" which got quite out of hand. Mayor Watson issued the following message for anyone planning to take part in the upcoming demonstration.

"Why waste all that money on gas, which is really expensive, to come here to drive around a couple of streets yelling 'Freedom’? Send the money to the Red Cross to help the real freedom fighters in Ukraine that are seeing their loved ones tortured and brutally killed. That, to my way of thinking, is a better way for these people to come and celebrate freedom, help the people of Ukraine when they need their freedom back."

My thoughts exactly, Major Watson! Well said. 

Winter is in the rear view mirror and once again I accomplished none of the projects I'd planned. My closets, cupboards and workshop remain unorganised. YouTube, my piano and comfortable old couch prevailed again! (sigh)

 

Mrs. Poos-A-Lot scarfs down yet another earthworm.
Her nest above my parking spot on a ledge put up for barn swallows.
This tree swallow couple have rented cottage number 2.
A Yellow-Shafted Flicker probes the lawn for ants.
This turkey vulture took advantage of food scraps I meant for ravens.
Smiley crocus faces in my lawn.
My hoya houseplant is at it's fragrant best now.
Hey there! Did you eat my tulips?!?!

15 comments:

  1. Great post Florence! When I was reading about the nest in the garage, I thought "Seriously? You're letting the bird win?" Then when I saw the photo... made my heart ache to see that. That nest took a lot of work, and you're a very kind person for acquiescing. As always, I love your photos--that swallow couple is dear, and I love your Yellow-Shafted Flicker. You sure are one with nature! And finally, your mayor sounds like an intelligent, compassionate guy. We need more of those types in leadership.

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    1. I fought her for days, Doug! I put up screening around the garage entrance. She got past that plus inconvenient to me. I tore down her nest and put a white plastic bag in it's place. She simply re-built on top of it. I gave up. Her needs were greater than mine! Ah yes, our sensible mayor. He certainly put things in perspective.

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  2. The Robin, I guess a lot of us are gentle hearted when it comes to a bird, animal or other creature who needs a warm nest. The nesting box, I wonder when the other homes on the road get occupied. yes indeed, your mayor says wise words. Some have too much spare cash and no sense when it comes to a ridiculous protest like that.

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    1. Oh Jean, it really saddens me to see what I call 'recreational' protesters when world news shows actual and severe injustices. Sure hope your COVID infection has run its course and has left you and Hugh for good!

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  3. Hi Florence, that Robin was persistent! I would do the same and let her nest.
    Sorry your tulips didn’t bloom. I love pink flowers of any kind.
    My aunt mentioned a couple weeks ago they had a freedom convoy, mainly trucks, drive by their house the past few Sunday’s honking their horns. Their poor dogs went crazy! I agree with your mayor, what a waste of gas!
    Hubby was off most of the winter here and lots of projects got done, the main one being painting most of the house. He is much more disciplined then I am and was determined to get everything done.
    As always I love your critter photos. Don’t you love watching flickers fly off and seeing the yellow of the underneath of their wings?
    Have a good weekend Florence.❤️

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    1. Hi Robin. Glad you liked my share about your namesake bird. I enjoy their company as I putter about my yard. And really, a little soap and water is all it takes to make my car presentable. Regarding the protesters, I was disgusted to see Ottawa's residents and business have their freedoms trampled on by the illegal occupation of the "Freedom Convoy". It should never have been allowed to go on for weeks! Glad you liked my critter photos. It's comments like yours that prod me into posting my sightings.

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  4. Hi Florence, why has google changed how we comment??
    . I did write another one but it seemed to disappear. Please delete this if it did go through. That was a very persistent robin! I am such a softie, I would let her nest there too.
    I am sorry your tulips didn’t bloom. They would have been beautiful, I love pink flowers of any kind.
    My aunt mentioned a couple weeks ago that down in the Niagara region where she lives a freedom convoy consisting mostly of trucks went by her house honking their horns a few Sundays in a row. Their poor dogs went crazy! I agree with your mayor, such a waste of fuel.
    Your critters photos are always delightful. Don’t you love the flash of yellow when flickers fly off?
    Have a good weekend Florence.❤️

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    1. Silly Google. They are always tinkering with the Blogger format. Decided to let your double comment ride though. (Plumps up my comments section.)

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    2. Florence, Robin if you don't mind me plumping up the comments a bit further...people who are using iPads and iPhones to comment on blogger blogs have been experiencing problems "making their mark". It has something to do with turning off cross site tracking. I don't have any idevices so I'm not sure what that entails. All I know is, Google through a monkey wrench into things!

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    3. Hum-m-m, turning off cross site tracking, eh? I'll check that out, Doug. You are the IT man. (My comments and I can always use a bit more plumping.)

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    4. Doug, thanks for the information! I thought someone may know what the problem is. I usually use my iPad for commenting. I have a heck of a time doing anything on the computer and then they do this!!
      Take care!

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  5. I had the same problem with a similar robin on my porch and I only took her nest down once. I admit I am a wimp and so far she has gone to the yard to poop. Hope that lasts.
    I think the mayor has it all correct and wish others could see the light.
    Me too with Robin( the good robin) hating the new comment format. Grrr.

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    1. I hope the Blogger programmers revert or simplify the comments function, Patti. Looks to me that their intention was to thwart spammers. Ottawa Major Jim Watson is a sensible and straight talking man. Unfortunately, after serving many years as Ottawa's major, he is going to retire after completing this term. Regarding the nuisance robins, all will be forgiven when we see their sweet little babies appear.

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  6. Lots of bird activity going on now. It's not all rational according to our thinking.

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    1. Red, perhaps my robin thinks her eggs will be safer in my garage from crows. Smart! It's wonderful to watch arrivals fresh from their winter vacations and sourcing nesting sites.

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