A couple of weeks ago, my husband discovered a bird’s nest with three tiny eggs in our garage. The nest is inside a manual fertilizer spreader (dark green in photo) on the top shelf. There is now only one egg in the nest, and there are two baby birds in the clear containers on the shelf below their nest.
The mama and daddy birds fly in and out of our garage throughout the day to feed and care for their babies. Early this morning, the girls and I were outside in the driveway when I heard a noise coming from inside our garage. It was a persistent clicking noise that sounded almost like an alarm. I saw one of the adult birds looking towards our garage window and making that noise. It was an alarm because there was a snake in our garage, crawling from the top of the window down the side between the blinds and the frame. I told my husband about it, but it was just a garter snake, and there didn’t appear to be any way for it to reach the baby birds, so he left it until this evening. The snake stayed hidden on the far side of the garage away from the door into our house, so it didn’t bother any of us today, but we would rather not have a snake in our garage. After dinner, my husband moved the tool chest that the snake was hiding behind and used a long piece of rebar to prod the snake outside. It took a few minutes, but he was able to get the snake outside, and it slithered away into the brush on the other side of our fence.
Both baby birds are still alive and in the containers, but one doesn’t look well. It’s wings have lost feathers and have holes in them. I’m not sure that one will make it. The other one only has a little down left on its head and will probably be able to fly away in the next few days.