Valentine birds

We have old buildings around us, which have the most perfect roofs for nesting sparrows. In fact each year, we have mobs of sparrows. The male sparrows spend considerable time, bringing all types of nesting material to build the best nest ever, in their chosen spots under the eaves. They are sociable birds so they nest quite close together and are not against raiding each other’s nests for materials.

Once built, the male sparrows line up on the rain gutters and sing their little hearts out. Competing to attract a passing female sparrow. It’s noisy, in a nice way. Then again, the garden is full of all sorts of tweeting birds. They sense spring.

Every year, there will be one male sparrow that is left sitting on the gutter. Tweeting. A female may pop in and then move on. She might even lift some dry grass as she goes. He persists. It becomes a family pastime to cheer him on. Quietly.

Sadly this year, the main sparrow roof is being repaired. It is far too busy for the sparrows to settle. We are going to miss spying on the latest nest materials to be used. There is always something unusual, that one member of our family spot, being dragged in. We’ll even miss the lonely sparrow.

It only seemed right to add a pair of nesting birds to our valentine garland. Robins instead of sparrows.


12 thoughts on “Valentine birds

  • Thursday 14 February, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    These are adorable! We have a robin that hops around outside our kitchen window – I love watching him out there 🙂

    • Friday 15 February, 2013 at 10:42 am

      We have a couple of robins whose territories overlap in our garden. They are trying to out compete each other with song at the moment. Not a pretty song, but you can’t miss it!

    • Friday 15 February, 2013 at 10:44 am

      Love reflecting the outside world, in the house. 🙂

  • Thursday 14 February, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Your Garland is lovely and the embroidered leaves a lovely link to the past ..
    Wishing you all a very Happy Valentines day !

    • Friday 15 February, 2013 at 11:21 am

      Thanks Val! Embroidering felt takes me right back. I really ought to do more. Now…. how to justify it…

  • Thursday 14 February, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    The birds and the heart garland are just the cutest things! Happy Valentines day!

    • Friday 15 February, 2013 at 11:22 am

      Thanks Luciana. It just had to be done!

  • Monday 18 February, 2013 at 1:24 am

    Oh, how I love the pipe-cleaner musical notes!!! The robin is adorable! Love your blog!

    • Wednesday 20 February, 2013 at 9:35 am

      Thanks PJ. This was a fun project. 😀

  • Monday 18 February, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Lovely knitted robins. We have a magpie living in the trees outside our bedroom window, not quite the same musical talent as your usual singing friends…….


    • Wednesday 20 February, 2013 at 9:32 am

      I think I’ll stick to our robins! 😀

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