Sonntag, 19. Mai 2013

Mitbewohner [cohabitants]

 
Während der Blog ein Nickerchen machte, waren wir nicht untätig. Aber neben Renovieren, Siedeln und Arbeiten bleibt eben wenig Zeit, nicht einmal zum Nähen. Als wirklich erstes, da hatten wir gerade die Küche ausgesucht und noch kein einzige Kiste gepackt, hatten wir im März das Vogelhäuschen umgesiedelt. Aus Sorge, die Meisen würden mitten im Umzug zu brüten anfangen und wir müssten sie samt Haus zurücklassen. 
While the blog took a little nap we weren´t. But with work, renovations and moving there wasn´t time for much else. Not even sewing! The very first thing we moved was the birdhouse. Back in March when we hadn´t even made the final decision about the kitchen yet and had not even packed one single box. We were concerned that the tomtits would start to breed right in the middle of the move and that we had to leave them behind in that case.


Es hat funktioniert! Auch am neuen Wohnort wurde das Häuschen angenommen. Zumindest drei Jungtiere sind im Nest und werden Tag für Tag lauter. Einer der frischgeschlüpften Jungvögel fiel vorletztes Wochende aus dem Nest und landete zu seinem Glück auf dem kleinen Vorplatz vor der grünen "Tür" und nicht Meter weiter unten am Steinboden. Nachdem der Jungvogel zwar noch federlos war, aber sehr aktiv und laut piepste, habe ich Gummihandschuhe angezogen und den Piepser wieder zurück ins Nest gesetzt. Zu dem Zeitpunkt waren noch zwei rosa Jungvögel gleicher Größe und drei Eier im Nest.
It worked! Tomtits found this house also at our new place. As far as I can tell from the different voices (I don´t look in there now) there are at least three, maybe four young birds in the nest. They get louder every day. One little bird fell out of the house (wonder how?) two weeks ago. It was lucky because it landed on the little vestibule right under the green "door" and not on the ground (and because it was the weekend so we found it). It was still pink at that time, 3/4" long, but very active and not obvoíously ill. So I waited until the big birds left the nest, put on some rubber gloves on and put the babybird back. At that time there ware two pink babybirds in the nest and three more eggs.


 
Zur Zeit sind die Elternvögel schon so an unsere Anwesenheit gewöhnt-außerdem haben sie viel zu tun- dass es ihnen völlig egal ist, wenn wir direkt neben ihnen auf der Veranda Kaffee trinken oder Blumen gießen. :)
These days the parentbirds are so very busy. They don´t even care if we sit  right next to their house  on the veranda and drink coffee. :)


Seht ihr, was der Vogel im Schnabel hat? Eine Biene! Hoffentlich keine pestizidvergiftete...
Do you see what this bird is carrying? A bee!

Im Übrigen sind Meisen nette Mitbewohner, die ihren eigenen und den Babyvogelmist wegtragen. Seit fünf Jahren brüten nun schon Meisen in dem Vogelhaus. Wir hatten auch heuer keinen einzigen Klecks auf dem Verandaboden. Das Einzige was man tun muss, ist das Nest nach dem Brüten zu entfernen und das Haus auszuwaschen.
By the way...tomtits are easy cohabtitants. They don´t leave any trash. All the babybird´s poop is carried away. They didn´t leave one single splotch on the verandafloor. Nice.

1 Kommentar:

  1. I have been thinking about this post for the past couple days. Now that I read blogs on my phone it is hard to comment. I'm not sure what is not enabled but oftentimes when I click to comment no window will open. It works with some blogs and not with others, so I have been meaning to get back to your blog to post while I'm on my computer and just getting around to it (I have a sitter for the girls this afternoon!!!)

    I really enjoyed this blog post. What is it about birds that is so fascinating??? It is wonderful to hear that you have birds nesting in that darling birdhouse!

    We have set up our kitchen table in a windowed nook in our kitchen for the girls to do their "homeschool" every morning. I got a window mount birdfeeder and the birds are just starting out to try to land on it. It's been up maybe two weeks. Today a chickadee tried it out, but couldn't figure out how to land on it yet. Once they figure it out I bet there will be a lot of birds at it. My mom suggested we put suet in it, and then lo and behold I saw a downy woodpecker at the regular birdfeeder, which I take as a sign that we better get the suet in the window feeder asap.

    This morning we also saw two bluebirds building a nest in a box we mounted a few months ago and then---insert gasp---Esther painted a tiny birdhouse which is hanging in the front yard and later this morning we saw two tiny brown birds going in and out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She was so excited that they chose her birdhouse. It has been a good day!

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