Thursday, April 28, 2011

Persistent robins

We have a couple of very persistent robins trying to build a nest on our porch light:

We do not want them building a nest here.  I know a family whose house burned down when birds built a nest on the porch light.  We never turn out light on, so this shouldn't happen, but I still like to be safe about things.  Also, we use our front door to get our morning paper and when we run, so I don't want to irritate them or have them abandon their babies due to our presence.

I removed one nest and tried to get them to nest on our window ledge, but they ignored that and built another nest on the light.  Thomas removed that one and placed it on the downspout:
They have shown no interest in this relocated nest.  I'm not sure what to do.  I'm thinking about just giving in to the robins.  They should have scouted the location, so maybe they're OK with us going in and out through the door.  Thomas is not ready to surrender, but maybe if I mention removing the light bulb he'll change his mind.  We could go in and out through our back door, though it's certainly less convenient, but my paper delivery guy already thinks I'm a little crazy, so we're pretty much stuck there.


phonelady said...

I know what you mean about the robins abandonment of the babies my friends had that happen and she felt so bad all the babies died and she thought it to be her fault .Oh well I hope they or you figure it out .

D. Richard said...

Get a nesting box and put it up with the top off" they dont build nests in holes but rather on things . They wont build by a window either as they can see movement inside . If you want one by a window , Put cardboard up inside the window untin the nest is well established then cut a small hole in the cardboard to see in .

Beloved Parrot said...

If it's any consolation, some robins tried to build a nest on my front porch light fixture, only the stems kept falling off after they got about an inch high. I'm very happy they gave it up at that location.