The gargoyle statue was untouched by Phoebes for the rest of the summer.
Around the first of March, 2016, my husband mentioned something about hearing falling rocks outside of the window.
So, we checked the ledge.
The Say’s Phoebes were back again.
Somehow, they were trying to build a nest in the tiny spot next to the griffin statue. I guess they thought a 50% survival rate was acceptable, and the odds were in their favor.
We thought how they would realize that this location wasn’t very good, and get frustrated and find a new nesting spot (particularly one with a softer landing… not cement).
For the next few days, we listened to the Phoebes calling to each other and dropping gravel off the ledge outside of the window.
They did not give up.
Finally, I dragged the ladder outside and checked the new nest for eggs.
The nest wasn’t complete yet. I could not imagine more than two eggs fitting in this new smaller version.
It saddens me to say this, but I had to take the nest down. There was no way for babies to to fit in this tiny nest, and it was heartbreaking to find them dying on the cement last year.
(to be continued)