On one of our site meetings which included the homeowners, me, the project architect and the contractor, Howie Senior, from Structure Works Construction, pointed out a new swallow’s nest.
The swallows would start to build a nest on the house which is under construction and then the workmen would have to undo their hard work when a new piece of clapboard or framing was installed.
Howie solved their dilemma by putting up a couple of boards on a post as a simple birdhouse and the birds immediately made it their home.
As we watched, the mother and the father would fly in and feed the chicks. The little ones would wait patiently with their mouths open for the next bug or worm to arrive. We realized that construction was progressing quickly toward their little birdhouse, and of course, few people want to delay construction on their home. The homeowners then made it very clear that these chicks would grow up and take leave on their own before construction would proceed on this corner of the house.
We all look forward to the next step in the swallows’ journey.