Sunday, March 06, 2016

birds: 1, humans: 0

We liked having the house ripped apart so much during last year's renovations that we are doing it again.

This year's strategy continues the campaign of gross carpet slash and burn that we started last year, this year in the living room/dining room. Without having to bisect the house by blocking off three sets of stairs for hardwood installation like we did last year, this should be relatively straight-forward. The Dexter kill room tarping should be kept to a minimum.

Also on the previously planned agenda is the construction of a back deck to tie together the piecemeal cement blocks, shale and half-dead grass that currently define the area. We will be able to move the patio furniture to a nicely shaded area so that we don't have to spend alfresco dinners huddled under the meagre protection of a sun-bleached umbrella, squinting against the glare off the glass table.

In addition to these previously spreadsheeted campaigns, there is another - significantly more substantial - reno that we have recently decided that we need to address. It is one, alas, that signifies an air battle lost. After many years of skirmish with the local avian community, we have thrown in the white flag and will be replacing our cedar siding with something that birds don't eat. Vinyl, likely.

What used to be a March to October annoyance of birds hammering at the house has become year-round. The last few winters we haven't had a good solid deep freeze to scare house-eating birds further south, so the attack on our abode has been relentless.    

Yes, we have tried all the tricks, but none of them have made any difference. We surrender. I wonder if we can get some local birding community to sponsor the job?

4 comments:

Vol-E said...

Birds eat cedar...how odd. All of them, or just woodpeckers and the like? I know down here in the lower 48, many states have strict rules against doing any sort of physical harm to woodpeckers, even if they're literally eating you out of house & home. So simply changing out the type of siding sounds like the best solution all around.

Good luck with this. I imagine your reward will be watching the first confused bird come away from a pecking expedition with a bent beak and a dizzy bird brain.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It's not all the birds, Vol-E, (we have mounds and mounds of birds around here), mostly just some little ones with surprisingly strong beaks. Occasionally the magpies will take a few hammers and then the walls really shake.
I am looking forward to passing the headaches over to the woodpeckers!

Erik Donald France said...

Hitchcock redux . . . "for the birds." Cheers on your projects, Barbara ~ may they all go smoothly as blackbird pie ~ >

Barbara Bruederlin said...

A slice of blackbird pie would be very tasty right now, Erik. Thanks for the good wishes. I fully expect some setbacks, as it wouldn't be a construction project without them, but I try to view those as learning opportunities.