I mentioned in a recent post that we had set up yet another bird house when we were last out at our woods. Here it is.
It’s buckled to a fence post, the same post that had frustrated me when I tried to hang a different birdhouse on it the month before. Its intent is to give shelter to the bluebirds that live in the fields and forests. It should serve that purpose well, but it has a second purpose.
You see that it is on a fence post with barbed wire attached. This is the defacto property line to the south. All of that open area to the south is my neighbor’s. (Strictly speaking, that’s not true. When the survey was done it was determined that the actual property line is a bit farther south, about where that line of trees is coming in from the left. But I’m not going to dispute it. The fence makes a clear line for both of us.)
Anyway, periodically my neighbor passes along the fence and cuts back the branches encroaching from my side of the fence. I do the same sometimes, though I have to rely on whatever hand tools I carry in my pack when I’m there. My neighbor can drive his truck right to the work location and bring along whatever big gear he wants.
I’m not sure my minor attentions are even noticed, so I decided to hang the birdhouse as a sign that I pass this way as well and that I am paying attention to the edges of my property. It’s benign. It’s not intrusive. And it’s evident.
(Also, look at that forest. Spring has not quite arrived. The day after we were there, about ten inches of snow fell!)
- Double-crested cormorants arrive at wetland areas late this month.