This unassuming artificial arrangement was place on our back deck, by my wife, as part of the decorations for the prom dinner that we hosted several weeks ago. Just before the storms that devastated Moore, Oklahoma rolled through here I noticed some activity on the deck. There were a pair of Nuthatches frantically working to build a nest. You guessed it.
We have new neighbors! The artificial arrangement arrangement was apparently the perfect location for their new home. It is a perfect location. It's under the covered part of the deck, out of the weather. It's almost always in the shade and sheltered from strong winds. There are a couple of live potted plants adjacent to it so cats can't get access to this location.
Mom is on the nest and she's sitting on five eggs. It's going to get pretty crowded in there very soon. This is the second time this has happened in the past four years. We had a live potted plant sitting on the picnic table that also is on the deck. A pair of Nuthatches found that to be a suitable residence and raised their family there one spring. We've also had Barn Swallows build a nest on the covered portion of the front porch. They're extremely messy after the little ones hatch, but that's a story for another day. I'm guessing that we will have baby Nuthatches in about a week. Stay tuned.