THERE"S NO ROOM AT THE INN!
Twice now, I have thwarted the plans of a pair of starlings that want to nest in one of our junipers.
They watched me take down their nest in this morning's eviction.
Robins and finches are allowed, starlings, grackles, wood doves, pigeons are not.
I wouldn't let seagulls set up shop, nor would martins or swallows be permitted to start a colony on the house.
The swallows and martins are permitted to nest in the trees, should they choose, which they wouldn't, because they prefer cliff-like dwellings.
There are neighbours that made the mistake of letting one pair of martins nest. Next year they had three nests, the next, five.
Finally they had to start knocking down all the mud nests, too much weight on their soffiting and walls around their eves, not to mention the shit that rained down on their doorstep.
This grey area, where I will accept birds in some locations but not others, got me thinking about what I'd do about nesting Blue Jays.
Blue Jays are colourful, but noisy. They also eat other desirable song-bird's eggs.
I think they might scare off other more beneficial birds too.
Robins, for instance, they are both very territorial varieties of bird.
What would YOU do?
A) Turf the blue jays, to leave room for other colourful birds with pretty songs
B) Let the jays stay and reduce the chances of beneficial birds
C) Other (fleas explain)
As for the annoying starling couple that I've taken to calling Mary and Joseph....