Angry Birds, For Real

We wage an ongoing battle at our house.  Our love of animals fights on one side, facing off against our irritation with the muddy, poopy mess left when we allow little birds to raise a family on our front porch columns. We allowed a family of finches and another of barn swallows, and then cleaned up the mess and thought we were done with it. Then the swallows came back to start the next generation.

Enough is enough. My husband splurged on plastic spikes to super-glue to the ledges and we sat back to watch. Those swallows are flummoxed. They keep swooping through the porch, landing on the side of their ledges and trying to reason out in their little bird brains how the world changed and what they should do about it.


When they tire from hanging on sideways, they swoop up onto the roof and sit there to think about their next move. We are keeping out of the way and only watching through the windows, because they are the real “angry birds.”


About bluestempond

Hobby farmer living at Bluestem Pond in Michigan.
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6 Responses to Angry Birds, For Real

  1. michiganme says:

    This makes me smile…once a week Tony asks me if it’s too soon to move those plastic bags crumpled up behind the lamp lights on the front porch. What bird could resist your porch columns surrounded by endless sky?

  2. Ann Coleman says:

    I wonder how long it will take them to figure it out? Birds are so fun to watch, but you’re right, having them nest in your porch means putting up with a lot of mess.

  3. bluestempond says:

    We shall see.,🐥

  4. jono51 says:

    I usually have nearly two dozen active swallow nests, but this year only a few. We had a severe snow/sleet/cold weather event during the migration and many thousands of birds of numerous species died. Needless to say we have too many bugs this year. Ours will also often do two broods in a season.

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