April 20, 2011

There goes the neighborhood

Every spring, sparrows build nests in the pillars on my patio, which is cute and all, but I hate having bird mess all over the place. Not to mention, there is always a baby bird that falls out and and I have to rescue it. This year, I decided to outsmart them. I placed styrofoam blocks in the nooks where the nests are usually built. The sparrows came, inspected their former turf, then flew off to build elsewhere.

I was out of town for a few days last week. When I got home, I was surprised to see large twigs and twine on my patio. Apparently, with the pesky sparrows gone, a pair of doves decided to build on top of the pillars! Perfect! Bigger birds, bigger messes!

Of course, I’m not going to do anything to get rid of them. I only try to prevent nest building, I don’t destroy them once they are established. This morning at breakfast, my 11yr old son told me to look at the bright side. “Doves are the bird of peace and they will bring along good Karma.” I hope Karma brings a poop scooper!


  • Gem

    Awww… Doves are so pretty, and ‘good karma’ couldn’t hurt, right?? 🙂

    On another note — this just came in to me at 3:28pm. Are these newsletters never mailed in the morning? I seem to be getting mine later and later… which means I miss getting some of the deals. Don’t mean to gripe, but can anything be done on this, Karen??
    Thanks in advance.

  • Hi Gem,

    Newsletters have been a little later than usual for the past 2 weeks. I’ve been sick and am doing my best. I’m also on pacific time, so it’s 3 hours earlier for me. I double check everything in my newsletter right before I send it – no matter what time it goes out – to make sure everything is in stock.

    Karen 🙂

  • Kathi Bryan

    I love watching doves. They come and eat under my feeders and always seem so serene. I can’t belive the Iowa Legislature just passed a law allowing them to be hunted.

  • anonymous

    That’s a mourning dove.

  • christine

    lol….Brings to mind when I had a pair of doves nesting above a light near my front door. I always enjoyed watching them in the morning until one day as I was leavong my house one pooped on me!! Talk about karma!

    Keep your wonderful newsletters coming Karen. I look forward to them. Hope you are feeling better.

  • Hmmm So it is a mourning dove! How appropriate considering the last year I had.

  • Vanessa

    Hilarious!! 😀

  • Awww, I can only guess who will clean up the “poopie” mess!

  • My dear Karen……Mourning Doves are also a sign of peace! Hugs


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