Funky bird homes

 What is it about birdhouses?

wooden bird house on a pole with clematis / FunkyJunkInteriors.net

Why do we love them so and gravitate towards collecting them?

wooden bird houses in the garden on a ladder / FunkyJunkInteriors.net

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They look great grouped together on posts, ladders,

barn birdhouse on a wooden garden bench / FunkyJunkInteriors.net

barn birdhouse on a wooden garden bench / FunkyJunkInteriors.net 

and even buried in oceans of lush greenery.

wooden bird houses on a post with clematis / FunkyJunkInteriors.net

Needing actual trees for birdhouses is a notion from the past. They can be anywhere.

wooden bird houses on a post with clematis / FunkyJunkInteriors.net

All it took here is having a white post, hugged by a beautiful clematis. This is my next door neighbor’s birdhouse sanctuary in their front yard and it is heavenly!

blue Robin's eggs in a nest / FunkyJunkInteriors.net

Birds are so hip, they even have the perfect tone of aqua for their eggs. πŸ™‚

As many of you that follow FJI  know, things aren’t generally done normally around these parts. And even bird homes fall into that category. We had a nest that was in quite an unusual spot. And it allowed the best viewing opportunity EVER. 

blue Robin's eggs in a nest in a grill / FunkyJunkInteriors.net 

 Have you figured out where this nest is residing yet?

I had been power washing the patio and the outside of the BBQ, when I noticed some straw sticking out from under the lid. Puzzled, I opened it and found… 

blue Robin's eggs in a nest in a grill / FunkyJunkInteriors.net

 … this. Needless to say, we hadn’t done much BBQing this year yet.

blue Robin's eggs in a nest in a grill / FunkyJunkInteriors.net

Nope. Not even close.

It was a rare occasion we peeked inside, for we didn’t wish to disturb our new tenants. When the eggs finally hatched, every time we would  walk onto the patio, we were greeted with loads of young chatter. πŸ™‚

But here’s the kicker. When it was flight day and they finally vacated the premises for good, my son ran out to the BBQ and announced, “THEY’RE GONE! WE CAN BBQ! Let’s get STEAK!”

“Cool! Just close it for now and we’ll clean it out tomorrow.” 

Yeah well, a week or so passed when we came back to this little project and were finally ready to clean the BBQ out.

Know what else came back?

blue Robin's eggs in a nest in a grill / FunkyJunkInteriors.net

You guessed it. They’re back. We appear to run a new bird rental suite business. 

blue Robin's eggs in a nest in a grill / FunkyJunkInteriors.net 

With the pay being, I don’t have to BBQ!

Mr. Steak Eatin’ Guy is none too pleased though.

When are birds done with this sort of thing anyway? Just wondering…

 Where’s the oddest place you’ve ever found a nest?

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  1. I love birdhouses too. Maybe we love them so much, because we feel like we are giving something else shelter out of a storm. Creating and nesting is what we do best πŸ™‚
    My family would not be very happy with your bird nesting grill either. We love to grill.

  2. I love birdhouses too and have several of them. What’s funny is people have all of these wonderful birdhouses and the birds choose something like your grill for their nest. They never choose one of the birdhouses. That’s a great picture of your son; his expression is priceless.

  3. Oh how cool! Well, not so much for your son. I’m guessing there is an opening on the bottom? Can you tell I don’t grill much? I’ve had nests in my hanging fern, my garage and my sister had one in her house. She would leave the back door ajar for her dog. I believe it’s the Carolina Wren that will nest just about anywhere. Do you know what your little friends are?

  4. Buahaaaa! Your son’s expression totally cracked me up. Priceless!
    So strange they keep going back to the BBQ!
    I love birdhouses, but I’m always worried that hornets will build nests in there. Has that ever happened to you? Or am I just being a (as usual) freak? πŸ˜‰

  5. Amazing… I am embarrassed to say that in the first shot, I thought they were eggs bought at Michaels! So beautiful and what a spot to be found.

  6. That was so funny – but the same thing happened to us. We had company and when we opend the grill there was a small nest with the same color eggs inside. Of course, we couldn’t grill – we went out for dinner instead. I don’t know what kind of bird they are but they built a next inside my trucks tailpipe once – luckily we saw the grass sticking out before I started the truck, no eggs in it thank goodness.

  7. This has to be my favorite post of yours, I love bird houses too, and am hoping to find a few more today. I love the look on your son’s face in the last shot, priceless!

  8. Oh my gosh, that is hilarious. Love all the birdhouses that you showed in the beginning, but yours is the best. A roof over their heads and central heating.

  9. LOVE your blog! This post is too cute. Wonderful pics of all the birdhouses. The swallows build a nest under the front of our pontoon every spring…we have to wait to go out on the lake until the eggs hatch.
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  10. Love your birdhouses and your birdhouse grill. The same thing happened to my Sis-in Law this spring. She saw straw sticking out of their grill and an entire nest with eggs was growing in it. Funny!

  11. Love the sanctuary for your bird friends, and how cute that they found a way to nest in the Bar-B-Q! What was mommy bird thinking πŸ™‚

    Love your inspiring garden love of birds.
    Come see my bird china birds, and older post of my Birdhouse I made. I build them and enjoy how peaceful they are.
    xx
    Dore

  12. I forgot to take down a pine garland over my front door from Christmas and I had some house finches build a nest there and raise a family. Everytime we opened they door, they would fly off.
    I’m wondering if that is a bluebird nest because that is the color of their eggs and they will reuse their nest and have several “clutches” per season. But overall it looks too big and messy for a bluebird nest but I’ve only seen them in small nest boxes, not in a grill, before.
    Love your blog – have never commented before and have no blog of my own (no time – too busy reading everyone else’s).

  13. that’s hilarious! my hubby would not have been happy about that, either. hopefully they’ll hatch and be gone soon so you can enjoy some summer bbq!

  14. Donna,
    First I have to say the picture of your son made me laugh so hard! I can just picture my son doing the same thing. My hubby has been known to go grill a hotdog in the snow, so eggs in the grill would be torture for him too!
    Second I love all the birdhouses scattered around your garden, so pretty! I finally pulled two birdhouses out of my garage and they are sitting on my patio. I feel so happy everytime I see them. What took me so long?!

  15. Great post! I have a love for all things “bird”. We do quite a bit of actual bird watching out our dining room window.
    Those eggs in the grill crack me up! πŸ˜‰ It looks like robin eggs/nest. They tend to be messy nest makers, but build very sturdy nests. They can lay up to three times a season in the same nest. Looks like you may be off the hook for grilling most of the summer!

  16. I can hear it now from the birds, “Hey guys, there’s a sweet maternity ward over at Donna’s house. Oh yeah, nice and warm. Once the sun hits the barbecue, it’s the perfect little incubator. But hurray, they are talking about firing up the grill soon. If you have some eggs to lay, get to it!”

    Thanks for the laugh today! Too funny.

    My problem is that the squirrels keep ripping the coconut lining out of my hanging pots to make their own nests.

    I like the idea of the bird house with the clematis.

  17. Oh, Donna, I LOVE this post!! I love all your birdhouses!! And, your neighbor’s birdhouse sanctuary with the clematis is gorgeous!! I LOVE clematis but can never get it to grow for some reason…? That picture inspires me to give it another go, though! πŸ™‚
    I’ve never seen a bird nest in a BBQ before…how funny! The nest and eggs are BEAutiful, though!
    Thanks for sharing all of this wonderful inspiration!!
    Hugs ~ Jo πŸ™‚

  18. This is awesome!!! Your pictures were gorgeous too! My daughter and son in law would’ve been happier to find a bird nest in their BBQ, they found a mouse nest!!EEEKKKKK!!!

  19. I have a thing for birdhouses too. Love your collection! That is about the biggest nest I have ever seen! Is it a robins nest? Where did they go in, to get inside your grill?

    Tammy

  20. It is so funny that they nested in your grill! We had bees nesting in our grill, which is not quite as fun. I love the bird house on the bench. I think I would have to bring that one inside and use it as decor!

  21. Love all the birdhouses!

    And the nest story!
    Outrageously funny!
    I have not found any nests in unusual places, just put the ones i make in unusual things.=)

    blessings and thanks for the fun post.

    barbara jean

  22. How funny! They do have a few families per year. I have some houses in my front garden and notice there seems to be an ongoing nesting period or the babies are very slow growers!LOL

  23. I have a mama bird and three babies tucked in a nest of pinestraw and horse hair (I live on a farm) inside my old galvanized watering can outside my back door. They were all pink and featherless when I first found them and are now all full of feathers and have their mouths open waiting for a snack every time I peek in at them. Too cute!

  24. Funny you should ask…because there was this one time…I have a heart shaped grapevine planter hanging on my front door. It has seen better days! ANYway, I removed the fake ivy one day to clean, low and behold a sweet little nest with one unhatched egglet πŸ™ I gently moved it to the watering can on the front porch and continued to clean. But of course I photographed for posterity πŸ™‚
    http://rustiqueart.blogspot.com/2010/04/one-left-behind.html
    The nest it just where I left it. Can’t throw it away. There is something very amazing about the design and utility of a birds nest.

  25. Can I just say, I’m giving Blogger the evil eye today. It messed up my spacing and preview doesn’t work any longer. Have you noticed?!? BAH!

    Anywhoo… the birds are coming and going through the back. I had no idea it was open there. Huh.

    Bees in the birdhouses.. oh my gosh YES. I was mulling around in the birdhouse garden and knocked one of them over. It landed on the ground and started vibrating with zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. I don’t think I ever ran out so fast!

    Too funny about bringing the barn birdhouse inside. I already tried that. The next day I had bees covering my picture window. The next day more. Then it dawned on me. I opened up the bottom of the barn birdhouse and dropped it. Hives everywhere! Stop drop and run seems to be my middle name.

    What kind of nest?

    I’m uncertain but I think they’re starlings. I haven’t seen a handsome robin by yet.

    #33 melody… mouse nest in theirs?!? GROSS!!

    #27 Arlene, first time commenting? Welcome!!

    I need a hack for comments I need a hack for comments I need a hack for comments… πŸ˜›

    Oh. And I need to use the cover on the BBQ soon too. Yeah. Soon!

    Donna

  26. We have a bird that builds a nest every year in my hanging basket of pansies. So for the whole month of April I can’t water my pansies and they die and there they hang all crusty & brown. Those birds have returned before as well so sometimes I have my petunias hanging next to two month old dead pansies. Lucky for them I love birds. πŸ™‚ I also wonder what my neighbors think…maybe that is why I’ve never been yard of the month. Yes, that must be it…

  27. I know I’m not the first to say so, but I have to agree that the look on your son’s face after he discovered nest #2 is PRICELESS!

    A mama mourning dove has taken over the old robin’s nest in our cherry and is currently raising brood number two. Doves may be the only thing our cherry produces this year after our late freeze!

  28. We have a bluebird nest in the newspaper box that is under our mailbox – I always feel guilty when going to the mailbox as the momma flies out, waits for me to leave then rejoins her family.

    The most unusual place we had a nest appear was in the sink of our daughters’ play kitchen that was on our back deck. Unfortunately the kitty easily found that nest πŸ™

    Love all your funky junky stuff!!

  29. oh donna too funny ;). 2 yrs ago had an open bag of potting soil on my garden bench and a moma bird flew out, scarred the crap out of me. also a dang wood pecker went to town on my cedar soffit on our 2 story house[at the dang top] so have had blue birds up there since. last yr walked out and momma bird was giving flying lessons to 4 babies on our breeseway roof. that was way too cool. still will have to fix that at some point πŸ˜‰

  30. Yes Donna Blue Birds are just too funny!
    If your BBQ is facing North then, yes they will nest in the same BBQ next imte. I think that you need to get a blue bird house with a post and place it in your yard. They will be going to that one.
    I have three in my front yard and I clean mione out every three to five weeks. I am getting tired, but, they are so cute!
    Melissa
    Oh, I also have them in my front porch nesting in my sitting chair too;)

  31. We did not use the front door of our house for an entire nesting season due to a bird family taking up residence in the Spring Wreath on the front door. Three batches of babies!!!

    This year no wreath so they are in my silk topiary and in the Akiba vine on the front trellis. Never mind the $100’s of dollars worth of bird houses I have bought…oh no!

    The best one ever was in one of my gardening boots.. sure wish I had gotten a photos of that.. it was so sweet!

    My sweet neighor has a nest in her grill.. they come in the side vent holes.. they have not been able to grill in 3 summers.. too funny!

    Maddie

  32. Robin eggs have to be the prettiest of all. This may be in one of the previous posts, but try a ‘robin shelter’ in one corner of your covered deck. They won’t nest in birdhouses, but will on a ledge or special shelter made for them. You could whip one up FJ style in no time. After all, robins really do meet all your colour requirements, especially those rusty breasts! πŸ™‚

    • i had the to on my backyard but then the mom had eggs and left them alone and the baby birds dide