I Knew It Was Spring . . .

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I knew spring finally arrived when my husband announced, “It’s shopping time again.” No, he was not telling me to head out to the nearest mall and find the latest styles for my wardrobe. He was referring to the birds who come to my small bicycle planter. ┬áIt seems that coco liners are just what the birds need to create that special touch in the nest.

For about two weeks the birds land on the rim, take stock of what they see, then they begin the process of dismantling the dirt filled liner. Robins are the greediest, but wrens have been spotted pulling out their fair share. They peck, pull, pluck until their beak is full. Off they fly to construct their nests. Moments later someone else is back on the rim gathering another beakful.

I suppose the building time has passed, as no one has been to the planter for a few days. I know they will return as soon as we put in the new liner and dirt.

The following robin pictures were taken from inside the house with the lens zoomed to catch the shoppers in action.

Easy picking or should I say easy pecking for the nest.

Easy picking or should I say easy pecking for the nest.

She checks out the possibilities with a critical eye.

She checks out the possibilities with a critical eye.

Do you think you could get another strand in that beak?

Do you think you could get another strand in that beak?

The current condition of the bike planter.

The current condition of the bike planter.

See the gap in the tree? A wren found a new home.

See the gap in the tree? A wren found a new home.

Soon we will have new neighbors on the side of our house.

Soon we will have new neighbors on the side of our house.

I knew spring would finally arrive. I just had to be patient.