I should have put up the "Free WiFi" sign. My neighbor suggested it after the tornado, when the purple martin house was, shall we say, vacated.
That was okay, since sparrows had overtaken it, anyway, and I hoped they wouldn't return.
After the "straight line winds" (ha!) ripped through, the neighbors' purple martin houses remained viable, and we saw what seemed to be increased martin activity. Hope lived!
Then, Sunday night we got some pretty severe wind and rain. The cupola came loose, but did not go missing again, thank goodness. Since we expected more storms Monday night, and I didn't want the thing to disappear, I lowered the house, pole by pole, to address the issue.
There she sits, at about 6 feet. The water in the poles needed to dry out. And with more intense weather coming, why raise it? It's not like there are birds living in it, anyway.
I got nothin'. Just a few droppings, left, I presume, as a statement of their opinion of my offer of housing. I suspect the sparrows returned.
This is the second year we haven't had a colony. We almost had them, but for the dadgum sparrows! It's so late in the season, I just might clean it out again and pack it away till next year. Too bad, especially since there are so many bugs this year.
Next year there will be two signs: "Vacancy!" and "Free WiFi."