The calendar says that summer is almost here (it definitely feels like summer in Texas!) but our patio guests seem to think its springtime.
To give you an idea of scale, this is the left side of our patio...
Here is the right side and far up in the right hand corner you will see an electrical box. I took these pictures on Saturday morning and the light wasn't the best but if you click on the picture, you will be able to get a closer look.
For the past 3 years a Mourning Dove couple has started to build a nest up there but the twigs would just slip off. After a few days they would give up.
I kept thinking that if they had a bit of a ledge to build on, they might be more successful. I started to look around for a very shallow basket and then spotted an empty napkin box on my counter. I cut it so it wasn't so tall, and Phillip thumbtacked it to the wall.
I wasn't expecting them to come back but the very next morning they were back to building a nest. Can you see the mama up there??
I was lucky enough to get a shot of the Dad. He brought back a twig every 10-15 seconds, all morning long.
I'm pretty sure the eggs have been laid and we can't wait to see the new babies. I have stopped vacuuming my patio carpet for the next two months. The sacrifices we make for house guests. ;0)