What a nice holiday we had. We still have a few remaining decorations to put away but that is one great perk about being retired. It doesn't all have to get done in one weekend.
We have several bird houses and bird boxes scattered in the trees. A few are merely decorative but most of them provide nesting boxes for our birds. There is one box that has always been my personal favorite and the favorite of many of our songbirds. It has a rather strange shape with wood and metal and the birds seem to love it.
A Tufted Titmouse getting the nest ready
Another year, another titmouse
A White-breasted Nuthatch
Yet another titmouse
And another nuthatch
Last week, we awakened to a sad sight. A large section of the bird box was missing. I think I know who the villains were. We have lots of flying squirrels in our trees and occasionally they will enlarge the openings of bird houses and take them over. I strongly suspect they tried to enlarge this one and broke out the panel. It did not come loose in a single piece but rather broke into several splintered sections.
Beyond repair, and useless to everyone now, the box swings sadly. Such a shame to see my favorite bird box so damaged.
We took the box down and it was completely empty as we suspected. It was unique and I doubt we will find another just like it. But I do hope we can find one the birds like as well.