In the winterberry bush, a robin built her nest right next to the sparrow nest. I suppose our attempts to woo birds to the backyard worked indeed! We provided nesting materials (twigs, hair, twine, grasses), a bird bath, and plenty of birdseed. We also have a fence that keeps out most wildlife. Perhaps best of all? Our garden cat Louie—while terrorizing these poor birds–also keeps the chipmunks, squirrels, and other predators away who might disturb the nests and even eat the eggs.
The sparrow eggs hatched yesterday, but the robin just laid her third beautiful egg. In 15 days or so, the baby sparrows will leave the nest, just in time for the robin eggs to hatch. What fun to watch!