Yesterday evening when I pulled in the driveway in the VW as it was getting dark I looked up to the right at the corner of the house and noticed a gray spot on the lower end of the freeze board where it meets the gable end soffit return . Hmmmm ? Do I have some rot going on there ?
Jumped up on the basement dog-house to get a closer look , and as soon as I had my head level with cap on the return , a gray flutter flew past my face . Startled me a bit but I guess that why we call those returns " Bird Coops " .
Could not figure out what kind of bird it was , so later I poked
my head out the upstairs window and spotted one very cold looking female Bluebird bedded down on the lead flashing of the cap . Given the pile of droppings it was evident it has been making it home
for some time . Checked the other " bird coops " on the house and there were as much droppings there too . Annie mentioned she had seen a pair hanging around the front of the house lately . . .
. . . so I checked the soffit return on the front foyer and sure enough there was the male of the pair .
Given that it was rather cold outside we were baffled as to how they were still hanging around here and had not headed south with the rest of their kind . That there is about eighteen below zero Celsius for yous confounded metric canukiestanians .
So this afternoon I cut some one-by wooden triangles , added a front fence and wrapped all sides with Reflectex bubble foil wrap . . .
. . . and filled them with wood shavings inside . Put three of these up . Book says Bluebirds do use birdhouses so we shall see if this meets their approval .