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Bird nest above our front door, v2.0: So this Phoebe (small insect-eating bird) made a nest perched on a stone outcropping under our eaves. Very protected spot but not much of an outcropping. It attracted a mate and raised a clutch of chicks...

But when they got bigger the weight was too much and the nest fell! We found them one morning dead on the front stoop with the fallen nest- so sad! (Actually we found one alive and placed it in the nest in a nearby bush, and it got food and care from the parents and recovered- yay, one for our team!)

Then the bird started building again in the same spot. Fearing the same outcome, we decided to help. First a series of rods drilled into the stone wall provided a safety shelf, then some copper wire arches to support the bottom of the growing nest. The bird responded by building MORE of a cantilever out over the arches. So next I had to add these Steampunk wire-and-willow-twig buttresses. Not frightened away by our meddling, the bird seems to accept these improvements and keeps building, incorporating more of our structure. Hope it works this time, it's a team effort! </ geeks at play>

Date: 2012-05-28 07:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] theloriest.livejournal.com
This was awesome. I read it out loud and my parents definitely agree I have kick-ass friends. :)

Date: 2012-05-28 07:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] veek.livejournal.com
What a great story!

Date: 2012-05-28 07:33 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] coraline
that's amazing and i totally want pictures!!!

Date: 2012-05-28 07:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] catling.livejournal.com
Eeeeee! *cackles of delight* Awesome story, and I love the nest photo you share.... any chance of pics of the birds using it? :)

watching the birdies

Date: 2012-05-28 11:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] klingonlandlady.livejournal.com
No pics of them in there unless we install a webcam... they flit in and out at high speed, and if we get too close they fly out. No idea if they've laid a second clutch of eggs yet, they've made it very hard to peer in up there.

Date: 2012-05-28 08:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whitebird.livejournal.com
Hooray for geeks at play!

Date: 2012-05-28 09:40 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] perspicuity.livejournal.com
wow, that's quite the team build :D

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Date: 2012-05-28 10:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oneagain.livejournal.com
SWEET!!!

Date: 2012-05-28 10:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lyonesse.livejournal.com
SQUEE! go geeks, go phoebes :)

Date: 2012-05-29 02:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] browngirl.livejournal.com
*cheers for builders avian and mammalian*

Date: 2012-05-29 02:41 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] blk
Awesome. And fun and rewarding!

Date: 2012-05-29 03:52 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ceo
You people rock. :-)

Date: 2012-05-29 12:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] clara-girl.livejournal.com
YEA! that's so great :) go team NestBuild :)

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