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Beautiful blooming hanging baskets are here. They’re perfect for porches, balconies, even a shepherd’s crook in the yard. And it’s about time for the birds to move in and make them their home for the summer.
Every spring, I hang a beautiful hanging basket by my front door. And every year, I have little house wrens wanting to build nests in them. The first time it happened, I thought, “Won’t it be fun to watch the babies hatch and grow?”
Not so much fun–cleaning bird poop off the side of the house and watching the plant (it was a Boston fern that year) die because it was difficult to water with the baby birds in there. And it was even more fun when the first baby flew the nest, landed on the sidewalk and was promptly nabbed by my neighbor’s cat.
Every year, I keep a close eye on the basket, checking it for nesting debris every day when I walk by it. If I miss just a day or two, I’ll find a nearly completed nest in there. I hate to destroy their handiwork, but I remove the nest and take down the basket for a couple of days hoping they’ll get the message and move on. Sometimes it works after just one time—sometimes it takes several tries.
I did a little reading and looked for other suggestions on keeping birds out of my hanging baskets and here are some of the suggestions I found:
So, if you have this problem, there are some choices. Maybe I’ll try the rubber snake. And next time my youngest son, the practical joker, comes by maybe I’ll ask him to check the basket for water.