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It took us nearly four years to get a permit to build the house on our property. Most of the delay was due to county bureaucrats citing concerns about potential adverse impacts on the environment. Our neighbors don’t see what all the fuss was about.

This is the nest I showed in my earlier piece. Note the bits of mop fragments and dog fur, which are also seen in the other nest over the other garage door opener.

We close the garage doors at night and keep a light on so the ladies can see where their nests are. We keep the chicken feed there. Climate control, security, and on-site catering:  it’s the ultimate gated community. The guys spend the night outside and join them in the morning.

The four speckled eggs in the grapevine nest have hatched. Mom attempted to lead us away from her young.  In a nearby plum tree an interloper unloaded a large egg for an unsuspecting foster mother. After I took photos Bryon removed the large egg to give the smaller ones an even chance. 

There are other nests that I haven’t photographed:  the hanging gourd in the back is very popular with sparrows. There is a nest behind the corner splashguard by the gutter, and the fire alarm always provides a home to a growing family or two. The eaves above the French doors have become very popular for swallows, although none of them have built a nest yet.

Nature:  1. “Environmentalists”: 0.