A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

Posts Tagged ‘wildlife’

Cottage Demo, Continued

Although we’ve spent more time working on the cottage, I’m afraid I don’t have much more to show you. I don’t know about you, but to me a bunch of photos showing walls demolished to the studs is not very interesting. But if they have a nice view through the patio doors, it makes up…

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The Unmotivation Update

Well, I’m here to report that we’re still unmotivated to work on any house projects. The custom bi-fold doors for the master bedroom and utility closets are still lying on the floor, the pull-out shelves in the pantry are still falling apart, and I’ve done nothing about painting the kitchen cabinets besides buying the primer.…

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Flown the Nest

One minute our robin fledgling was standing on the edge of the nest, and the next s/he was gone! All that’s left is the well-constructed nest and a little poop. On Tuesday, sometime soon after I posted about it we noticed the nest was empty and we haven’t seen the robin family since. I heard…

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Garden Growth

Not only do we have our garden growing like gangbusters, thanks or no thanks to all the rain we’ve had this summer, but we also have a baby robin who looks ready to leave the nest very soon. We’re not sure what happened to the other two eggs, but there always seemed to only be…

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Baby Robins Soon!

I think it was the weekend before the holiday weekend, or about 12 days ago, when Pete and I noticed that a robin was busily building a nest in our sumac next to the patio. She was picking up dried grass from the neighbor’s freshly mowed lawn and also bringing some “muck” from the gutter.…

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Springtime!

The garden is starting to wake up and I’m looking forward to planting season next month. The plants I added to the parkway in front of the house are starting to peek through, but I think it will still be a while before they fill in. We made an early purchase last week and added…

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Great Backyard Bird Count

Have a backyard bird feeder? Like to go for a walk in the woods or along a lakefront? Or do you like to birdwatch wherever you are? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, you can participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count, taking place this weekend, February 12th-15th. The data collected are…

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Wildlife Menagerie

With the temperature plummeting over the past couple of weeks, Pete decided to move the bird feeder from the side yard and into the backyard so that the birdbath heater could be plugged in. Now that we turned the TV room into an office, it has been a great source of entertainment for me on…

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He Was Such an Ashwipe

Mainly because of our bat issue, we really needed to have a cap installed on our furnace chimney. Pete still thought the little bugger somehow got into our house via the chimney and through a small gap where the duct ends over the hot water tank. I was skeptical — it seemed a little far-fetched…

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Return of Batman

We had another visit from our friend, the bat. Sigh. Although we haven’t yet moved upstairs to our new master bedroom, we decided to try out bed placement and slept up there Saturday night on the air mattress (it’s a raised AeroBed so very similar to a regular bed). At about 4 a.m. I woke…

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