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Robin Boxes Ready for Occupants

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This story continues from my previous ‘Location’ blog …

I painted the bird-box roofs with a green shade called ‘Fir’…

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There was no shortage of spectators, ready to check I was using the correct colours …

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The second paint I selected is called ‘Bonsai’. It is a lighter green, which I used to make a leafy pattern for camouflage …

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Time for me to seek out suitable sites for the robin boxes …

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The search became comical because the robin followed me every step of the way … giving his opinion on the possible locations …

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‘This fence has very little foliage … NOT suitable. NO.’

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‘A cosy area under these planks, but much too near the ground. NO.’

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Finally, we agreed on a site to one side of my back garden arch, near the tall obelisk …

Fixing the box firmly was more difficult than I had expected, and I was glad I had drilled two tiny holes in the back panel of the box, so I could thread supporting wire through.

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In springtime, this arch quickly becomes covered in greenery of the chocolate vine from the nearby obelisk, so the box will be well hidden and protected from the sun.

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This winter I’ve not seen any cats around my gardens, but I was nevertheless keen to choose safe locations for the robin boxes…

I decided to place one box deep in the ceanothus, just past the end of the dog-run. The ceanothus grows very quickly so new sprigs and leaves will soon protect the box …

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In this picture my fixing wire can be seen, on the back panel of the box …

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The box is just far enough past the dog-run, to be not directly over the dogs’ paved area …

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But the dog-run is a very popular meeting place for sparrows (about 20 in this photo !) so I wonder if the robin-box will be chosen by nesting sparrows instead …

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I deliberately avoided putting a robin-box in these shrubs above the Wishing Garden. Last year a Blackbird family built a nest and raised some babies in these climbers. Likewise, these branches are far too much of a favourite with sparrows … a robin-box would have no privacy at all …

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I’d popped back indoors for my camera, but when I returned I was amazed to see there was already an ‘intruder’ on the corner shed roof …

… I managed to take this photo as the culprit hopped off, heading for the elderly lady’s new back fence next door …

Maybe you can spot the disappearing furry backside …

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My resident robin was definitely NOT AMUSED, and he retreated to a distant tree …

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While I’d been placing the bird boxes, I’d done my best to imagine which agile types of predator might visit to investigate …

… but this feline trespasser was not quite what I had predicted … ha ha … I took the photo through a crack in my fence …

…a large chubby cat, with a paw-print design Elizabethan collar … yet somehow able to balance on my neighbour’s new fence post tops !

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But later, all was calm again and the robin resumed his musical recitals up in the silver birch …

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… and while he was in the back garden …

… who is this, singing a response in my front garden ?

Could there be romance ? Let’s hope so …

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looking good I like the fancy paintwork on the roof's.

Both great spots for them as well.

cat made me laugh with the plastic collar on

fab blog .... and lots of photos , just what we like ....

Gg

24 Jan, 2016

 

Thanks Gnarly ...
Would you believe, I just saw a robin checking out my dog-run area and it hopped to about 18 inches from my kitchen door. Maybe likes the look of the bird-box !

24 Jan, 2016

 

Ah....you have made such beautiful homes for them Terra! And what a lovely blog! :) Thank you...will look back at this one again later :)

24 Jan, 2016

 

Thank you Karen ...
I have fingers and toes all crossed for robins nesting in one of the boxes. :o)

24 Jan, 2016

 

What a fat cat Terra!....Its a wonder it could climb the fence.....

With Robin helping I do hope they nest
Lovely blog xxx

24 Jan, 2016

 

You have catkins on your Birches already!

24 Jan, 2016

 

yes, Karen ...
... and some blossom on my Exochorda shrub !

24 Jan, 2016

 

I am still waiting patiently for my first snowdrop!

24 Jan, 2016

 

Hi Pam ..
thanks .. yes... a very chubby cat !
I've not seen it locally before ..
maybe owned by some newcomers to the area ... x x x

24 Jan, 2016

 

'Designer' robin boxes here Terra, very attractive indeed.

Hope your robins make good use of them and appreciate your efforts!

24 Jan, 2016

 

Hello Chris ... thanks ...
I shall be watching every day, from a distance, to see if the birds are interested in my boxes ... and if the robins are appreciating the decor !

24 Jan, 2016

 

We'll watch these spaces!

24 Jan, 2016

 

Very Des-Res Terra, I feel sure some little feathered friend will be very appreciative, the robin was possibly checking over the safety aspect for you.
It amused me a couple of years back to find a perfect nest actually built right next to one of my pouches in the ivy at the bottom of the garden, needless to say the pouch wasn't used except by the bugs, s'pose one could say it became the pantry for whoever it was that built the nest..
Lovely blog Terra, one we will be revisiting to see if you get a good result after all your efforts....

24 Jan, 2016

 

I hope your boxes will have some residents soon :o) x

24 Jan, 2016

 

Super blog TT what a very attractive paint effect you have created, the boxes are so well placed they are sure to be chosen as the des res for your lovely Robin! lets hope the fat cat keeps to her side of the fence fancy collar and all! look forward to news of the residents soon :o)

24 Jan, 2016

 

humm... Did you build those bird houses yourself? I have some scrap wood in my basement...ideas!

25 Jan, 2016

 

Hi Paul ...
on my previous blog, 'Location, Location, Location' I show the two bird boxes which I bought at bargain price because the roofs were slightly damaged. That's why I repainted the roofs.

Yes, do have a go at making some boxes. Mine each have a hinged area of wood at the side so that you can unclip and open, to clean out the box after the summer occupation, ready for next time.

If you look at the penultimate photo on that 'Location' blog, you can just see the clip, lower left, and the metal circular fixing, which is the point at which the side panel can be unclipped and then swings open for cleaning. Good luck in making your boxes.

25 Jan, 2016

 

Thanks Paulspatch, Sue, Hywel and Neena ...
I'll keep you posted as to if the robins are interested in the boxes, or whether other birds move in.

Sue ... that must have been amusing to find the lovely nest made so close to your bird box !

25 Jan, 2016

 

Your bird houses are very posh, makes ours look very downmarket!! I am sure you get some takers....great photos and blog TT, keep them coming!

25 Jan, 2016

 

Thank you Dotty ...
Took me hours to write this blog, but it was fun :o)
Strong winds outside, but the bird-boxes are staying firmly in place ... that might impress some robins .. hoping ...

25 Jan, 2016

 

Thanks Terra - that's just the part I was trying to figure out - the hinged door. I can pick up the hardware at the Home Store for a couple dollars. Our robins can have 3 broods on one season so it would be used quite a bit.

25 Jan, 2016

 

You put in a lot of work getting those boxes painted & then put up! I liked the paint job on the roofs of the boxes! Well done!

I hope you do get some Robins nesting in them soon,TT! :-))

25 Jan, 2016

 

I like your bird houses Terra. Good job on the roofs. Lovely soft green colour. Hope for lots of activity in them in the spring :-)

26 Jan, 2016

 

What lovely bird boxes Terra, I put up a box for blue tits when I moved into my bungalow, its been up for 2 years and Ive never seen a bird near it, I thought I had put it in the right place no morning sun so I was told but no luck it doesent get any sun at all so I don't think it can be in the right place , have you any ideas. Looking forward to hearing your blog in the spring.

28 Jan, 2016

 

Good luck, Bathgate, with your bird boxes.

Thanks, Balcony ... at least, despite the recent storms, the bird-boxes have remained in place.

Thank you, Klahanie ...
Yes, I like the subtle green shades.

Hi Sally ... some bird boxes in total shade become too cold and damp. Main thing is to avoid the hot sun during the day, and to be in a secure place, away from other bird activity and safe from cats and other predators.

30 Jan, 2016

 

Super blog TT, great locations for your bird boxes and nice paint job. Great photos, so many birds in one garden.
I don't know if you'll get more than one robin family at a time in your garden as robins are very territorial and will defend their territory to the death.

30 Jan, 2016

 

Thanks SJ ...
So many sparrows in my gardens that I'm sure they'll occupy at least one box ... just hoping for robins in the other box !

30 Jan, 2016

 

This is a lovely blog, Terra, amusing and informative. I think your boxes are very designer so I hope the occupants appreciate your efforts.
My one and only nest box is as hidden as I can make it almost all our shrubs and plants are less than two years old. Not sure I shall make mine so trendy but I'm sure the robins love what you've done.
Well done. I hope your houses are occupied quickly.

31 Jan, 2016

 

You're going to have a lively spring time in your garden if all your boxes are taken, TT, what fun you will have watching the comings and goings. Love your paintwork :)

31 Jan, 2016

 

Thanks Gee ...
Today is much too blustery for nest-building, but I hope it won't be very long till robins take possession of a bird-box ...
... before the sparrows move in !

Hi Arbuthnot ... Good luck with getting occupants in your nest-box. I'm pleased you like my blog. Thank you.

1 Feb, 2016

 

When we had our old plum tree we used to get bluetits nesting in a house that was hung from the trunk, they used it for years, it was only head height and positioned above the route down the centre of the garden so very busy all the time but never bothered them, when the old tree broke and we had to remove it for safety we tried that little house all sorts of different positions but it was never used again, one could say the birds took umbrage because we had to get rid of their tree, lol, we still have them at our feeders but I do not know where they nest now, there are lots of conifers and high hedges around here and judging by the noise at times they are not far away, just not in my houses and pouches.....Jenny Wren usually builds underneath the waterfall and the Blackbirds use my conifers, the Doves build in amongst the Ivy that grows on the Hawthorn at the bottom of my neighbours garden, I have never discovered Robins nest but think he also uses the high hedge somewhere as he's always either in or above the Willow......My birdcount was no good this year Terra, think it was the weather put them off unless they found a different restaurant...

1 Feb, 2016

 

Hi Sue ...
that's a very interesting list of all the different places chosen by nesting birds in your garden ! Thank you !

I have my own theory about the Bird Count ... I reckon a lot of people who don't usually feed the birds, prepare for the Count by buying lots of expensive bird foods, just for that weekend ...

... certainly, I find my garden is empty of birds on the Bird Count weekend, and then the birds I usually see return gradually as their 'once a year' gourmet diet in other gardens is eaten up !

1 Feb, 2016

 

Yes I think you are right with that Terra, its unbelievable how many have returned today and I haven't put anything extra or different out, how they are managing to fly in all this wind I just don't know....

1 Feb, 2016

 

... and especially difficult to fly when you are overweight from a Bird Count weekend of too much unusual gourmet feasting !!! ;)

1 Feb, 2016

 

Wow! another Wonderful and Awesome Photos :-)))) xxxxx

18 Mar, 2016

 

This is such a lovely, warm blog, Terra. I'd love to copy your ideas but, alas, we don't have nearly enough greenery on the fence yet to hide a robin box. I did check after your last entry and though I have a ceanothus on the back fence in the corner of the pergola I don't think it's dense enough to be safe. Maybe I won't clip it back this year.

18 Mar, 2016

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