Sad News About Our New Tenants

What a shame. The high winds today destroyed the paper lantern in the backyard that a pair of house sparrows had chosen to build their nest. While Susan found the nest itself intact on the ground, unfortunately she also found the splats and shell fragments of what looked to be two tiny eggs that the nest had been housing.

I think the eggs had only been laid within the last day or so, and while it might be futile, I’m going to rummage around in the basement for a spare lantern I know is down there and this weekend attempt to install the nest within it and rehoist it up to its previous place.

UPDATE (4/13): I couldn’t wait until the weekend. With the winds seeming to have blown themselves out overnight, I got down in the basement early this morning and found the spare paper lantern, and after successfully placing the nest inside through it’s top opening hung the whole thing back up under the eave. It may be too little too late, but since birds are known to lay another clutch of eggs if the first gets destroyed, the few minutes it took are totally worth the try.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."