The other day I did a post about a bird nest in a light fixture. In that post I discussed how common it was to find birds taking up residence in homes in all kinds of places.
It is very common to see holes in siding, whether made by woodpeckers or from where insulation has been blown into the wall or from other causes. Birds will often take advantage of these holes as a place to build nests. They will make small holes bigger and sometimes even make holes where none were before. Way up off the ground, nesting in the siding of a home, it is very little different than a hole in a sand cliff. One could imagine how a bird might figure this to be a very safe place to make a home.
The problem is those dang “unintended consequences.” Building owners don’t like these holes in the siding and usually repairs will be undertaken to keep the birds out.
As you can see in this first picture there are two holes that have been patched with screening and one of the screens has since been damaged by birds so that they could again have access to the hole. These holes were approximately 20 feet above the ground—not as easy to get to by those determined to keep the birds out of the building as it is for those determined to build a home there.
Because I had to zoom way-in to get this close-up picture, I was afraid that taking the picture from a “hand-held” position that the picture might be a little out of focus. So I steadied the camera against a post and snapped another shot.
It was not until I got home and looked at the two pictures on the computer that I could see that there was not much difference in quality between the two ..
…..except that the homeowner, a starling, was obviously “home” in the second picture.
By Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle
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