I've made a decision to take out all of the birds nests from around the house. There's one in the bird house in this picture, one in the roll-up shade,
on top of the light fixture on the front porch, and in so many of the open spaces on the ends of our tile roof.
I have loved watching the moms & dads feeding and raising their babies all summer for the last 5 years. This year was not a successful year for baby birds around my house, and what ended up happening was that the nests are all empty (early) and the House Finches seemed to have gone away. :(
Even last winter, some of the nests were being used at night by either the parent or the baby. But they're just gone now.
Some of the nests in the roof tile have never been too great because when the baby starts moving around, they'll fall out to the ground. I put rocks at the end of the space and that worked one year. But I'm just feeling like perhaps the nests need to be rebuilt from scratch and maybe be in better shape to hold them.
Anyway, that's what I'm doing this afternoon. Makes me a little sad, but maybe they'll be stronger next year.