I’m in my annual battle with the house finches. They just love building their nests in the corners of our porch columns, soon to be followed by the barn swallows. I don’t mind them raising their families, but I take issue with their using our front porch as their toilet. It really adds up over time.
Last year, we thought we’d beaten them by applying plastic pointy stakes to every corner. It looked successful for a while but then they figured out the stakes made nice little support posts to hold their grass and string nests, so it continued unabated. At one time we had four nurseries going at once, birds swooping in and out and droppings covering the lovely white pillars.
So, today I tried a new strategy. I wrapped the plastic spikes loosely with aluminum foil. I had mixed feelings as I removed a nest that already had eggs in it, but it comes down to whose house is this anyway?
I hear their animated chattering echoing through the porch as they gripe about my interference and strategize how they might fight back. I wouldn’t be surprised if they grab the foil in their beaks and pull it out. I am hoping they aren’t that inventive and maybe they’ll figure out they can use tree branches instead. Can’t we all just get along?