A week or so ago, a bird was attempting to build a nest above the light next to the back door. Since she hadn’t gotten too far along, I knocked down the bits and bobs of leaves and grasses and figured she’d take the hint.
She did not take the hint. By the time I noticed the nest again, she was almost finished building it.
I didn’t have the heart to remove it since it was finished, so she and I are going to have to learn to get along. After all, several times a day, I’ll be going in and out of that door.
I suppose I could go out the front door and walk around to the back every time I want to go into the backyard, but she’s still going to get freaked out when she sees me on the patio.
So, I’ll use that door and we’ll just have to learn to get along.
The other day, pre-nest, when I was watering the blooming violas and pansies I planted in containers on the back patio, I saw a little bunny hop across the lawn. Then I saw a second bunny hop out from the base of the honeylocust tree.
I tiptoed over and investigated the situation.
It seems Mama Rabbit chose a spot ten feet from my patio to build her warren and have a bunch of baby rabbits. When I discovered it, I realized I could control the rabbit population a bit by destroying it.
But I didn’t.
Even after I saw the damage the rabbits did to some crocuses planted in a nearby flower bed by eating them down to the ground, I couldn’t do it.
After all, there have been plenty of crocuses, and now Chionodoxa, blooming in the lawn, and they’ve been attracting bees since they first opened.
I like going out into the garden in early spring where I can both see and hear bees buzzing about. I feel like I’m doing a bit of good in the world when I see them.
And I guess I’m doing a bit of good in the worlds of the birds and bunnies when I let them nest and have babies in my garden.