Spring Has Sprung at Our Little House

Posted April 25th, 2014 by kerri and filed in small house living
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Wren eggs on our cov­ered front porch

 

Spring has finally sprung and around Our Little House, that means the return of mos­qui­toes, ticks, fleas and other unwanted crit­ters, which in my view, is the only down­side to spring and summer.

It also means the return of the beauty of green­ery, the bril­liant col­ors of flow­ers and the addi­tion of baby wildlife around us.

For at least the past four years, we’ve had a return­ing mother wren, which likes to set up her home on our cov­ered front porch.

We’ve tried to dis­cour­age her by using the porch when she’s build­ing and remov­ing any­thing we think she might nest in, to no avail.

It isn’t that we aren’t happy to host her and her lit­tle fam­ily, nor is it that we feel incon­ve­nienced in not using the porch while she is here, we’re just always afraid the dogs might think they are all snacks.

So far, that hasn’t hap­pened and this year was no dif­fer­ent than last.

The lit­tle wren started build­ing her nest in a bro­ken yard orna­ment that was once a bear. I put it out­side for Dale to throw away, but before he could, the wren had already started nesting.

So, we once again put a board up to dis­cour­age the dogs from going on the front porch and we quit using the front door until she has raised her five babies and they are all gone.

By that time, it will be too hot and humid to sit on the porch much.

On another note, some­one posted to Facebook the other day that he is already see­ing light­ning bugs in our part of Arkansas.

Crazy. Our hum­ming­birds just returned a cou­ple of weeks ago! In search­ing for my first porch on these mag­i­cal insects, I found that two years ago, I posted they had showed up here in March.

Since they only live a short time, it won’t give us much to look at in the black dark­ness of June nights on the deck.

What is the ear­li­est you’ve seen light­ning bugs? Do you have birds nest near your home?

4 Responses to “Spring Has Sprung at Our Little House”

  1. Mary says:

    I haven't noticed any birds nest around my house but down the street is Dukes Estates and they have an eagle cam on the eagle's nest again this year http://​www​.duke​farms​.org/​e​n​/​S​t​e​w​a​r​d​s​h​i​p​/​W​i​l​d​l​i​f​e​C​a​m​s​/​e​a​g​l​e-cam/
    This year there are 3 babies. There's a live feed plus clips from past days and years.

    I can't remem­ber the last I've seen light­ning bugs now that you men­tion it but if they were out I'd come in…LOL

    I think it's nice that the Wren likes nest­ing on your porch.

    • Kerri says:

      Yes, it's become a tra­di­tion now with her, Mary. It is only a slight incon­ve­nience to us, but well worth it when we hear the lit­tle babies mak­ing noises. She's sit­ting in her nest more hours of the day now, it shouldn't be long!

  2. Richard says:

    I was just up in Mountainburg,Ar. last week­end stay­ing in a cabin and it didn't enter my mind to look for light­ning bugs this early.We were inside at night fall​.It is start­ing to green up.Always so beau­ti­ful in the Ozarks!

    • Kerri says:

      I was very sur­prised that first year they came in March, Richard. I haven't seen them and I'm hop­ing I haven't missed them. They're so mag­i­cal and beau­ti­ful at night.