Nothing beats spring on the farm. The smell of sunshine, the change of time – well I can do without that springing forward stuff – new kids and birds building nests. Each year I buy the left over birdhouses from the local high school to benefit the FFA. They come in all colors and shapes and one year they must have bought a new hole cutter so most of the houses had multiple entrances – even skylights. I like to paint them in my spare time which is too little these days and make cute decorative houses. Recently I got the idea to add more around the property. We have one in the front of the bunkhouse that has housed a family of woodpeckers for well over 10 years. It was put there in an effort to save the front of the building as the woodpeckers were trying to make a hole in the hardiboard and claim the eaves for their abode. They have returned year after year and I am sure we have seen generations pass in front of our eyes.
This year a little yellow birdhouse was calling my name. I like yellow with it’s sunny bright feeling and put it where I could see it through the window from my desk. It wasn’t there two weeks when I noticed there was activity. A pair of bluebirds have been busy building a nest and bringing lots of bedding for the house. It looks like spring has sprung and not only goatie babies, but I will be looking at birdie babies in a few weeks.