In this protracted spring---or should we say protracted winter---and in these first warm, dry days when weather has finally allowed us to enjoy our front porch, we have adjourned to the outdoors for our morning coffee.
We have been greeted by persistent, raucous scolding from the mama robins... one of whom has built her nest under the north-side eave of the porch; and one of whom is nesting at the south side. Apparently we're invading their privacy and threatening their sense of security.
I've got news for you, Robins; we were here first! You are nesting in OUR nest, and not even contributing to the expense and maintenance.
We will drink our coffee quietly and try to keep our human sounds to a minimum. But we will NOT be banished from our favorite warm-season spot---the front porch!
We lift our coffee cups to you and salute your careful tending of your nest and nestlings.
BUT QUIT YER BELLY-ACHIN'!