3 Chicks Close Up

3 Chicks Close Up

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.

Mom Coming in to Feed

Mom Flying in to Feed Chicks

Mom Feeding Chicks

Mom Feeding Chicks

Nest

Nest

Bird House

Bird House

By Published On: August 1st, 2019Categories: Additions, Miscellaneous, Porches, Renovations4 Comments

About the Author: James Crisp

James M. Crisp has been an architect for well over 30 years. His architectural firm, Crisp Architects, designs projects throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. In April of 2007, Taunton Press published 'On the Porch' by James M. Crisp and Sandra Mahoney.

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4 Comments

  1. Maciej/Helen Milewski August 8, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    Well done Howie

  2. James Crisp August 8, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    I agree!

  3. Lynn August 12, 2019 at 11:11 pm

    Love the heartwarming story! A reminder we should show kindness to all!

  4. James Crisp August 13, 2019 at 6:33 am

    I agree!

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