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Keeper Of The Gate

In new construction the house is open and airy for a few weeks.

Things come and go.  Materials, people, inspectors even.

Somebody needs to watch over all this activity.

Every house should have a Keeper Of The Gate.

Just to make sure.

This Keeper just stayed to herself.

When I got too close she would leave immediately.

But only briefly and would fly nearby to a tree from which she could continue to watch over things, and not be too far away.

Every Keeper Of The Gate should have its own bubble.

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 20 commentsJay Markanich • June 11 2012 03:21AM

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My house has OLD Bose speakers on our deck that made it past our REsiding about a decade ago and we have a really nice nest on top of it....I put dryer lint and our dog fur out in the late winter to assist them in their REdecorating efforts and spring nesting

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) about 7 years ago

Good morning Jay my wife likes to put out wreaths (I don't care for them) anyway she put one out several weeks ago and in one day birds had built a nest, laid 5 count em 5 eggs.  She kept track taking pictures etc and last week they were grown and gone

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) about 7 years ago

Wallace - we have an annual robin's nest under our deck.  I wonder if is the same bird who comes back every year.

James - that is a convenient spot for a nest, but a little disruptive when the door opens and closes!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

Great shot, it's the season for these feathered friends. They can make a mess, but love having them around.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) about 7 years ago

Oh how cute.  I hope there aren't any cats nearby exploring.  I guess that's why they nest up high.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 7 years ago

HA! How wonderful! I love birds, we actually have a family of bluebirds in our bird house this year. I was thrilled!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 7 years ago

Hi Jay,

It does'nt take long for the birds to find a new home.

Birds nest.

Have a great day in Virginia.

Best, clint McKie

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) about 7 years ago

Joe - there was no mess here.  This is the spot between the master bedroom and small veranda outside.  Very nice location for a couple of chairs, and, obviously, a nest!

This nest is 10' high Debbie.  She is safe here.  And on the second floor.  No cat would venture up there.

Andrea - we get a robin, maybe the same one, every year under our deck.

They are very inventive creatures and seem to know what space is best Clint.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

LOL, that's funny. You are right, it doesn't take them long to figure out "hey, that's a great place to build a nest" Unfortunately, the nasty old framers will run her out eventually!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) about 7 years ago

Hopefully the babies can fly before the insulators and drywallers hit the scene Fred!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

The zoning is probably for a single family residence.  Others will need to soon move on.

Have an outstanding week with your camera in hand.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 7 years ago

I think you are looking at a single family, Roy, with a single mom in charge.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

Jay, When I see that I think of our Menards (like Home Depot) which at anytime you can see and hear birds in the rafters.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) about 7 years ago

I know Bob.  They are in the Costco here too.  There are little machines there supposedly to scare them off, but they just mock the machines!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

Jay -- hope they are able to clear out her nest completely, when they do the next steps, so there is no temptation to break back into the home in the future.

Posted by Steven Cook (No Longer Processing Mortgages.) about 7 years ago

Steven - once they put the skin on the outside of the house (fiber cement board I think) and then the insulation, she will not be back.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

From my inspection yesterday morning. She stayed very still while I snapped her picture. Robin

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) about 7 years ago

Ha!  Instinct!  Don't move and he won't see me.  See?

We have a robin's nest under our deck Jim, which, I think, the same lady returns to every spring.  There are babies there now.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

Jay, I used to have one of those on my back porch.  She didn't come back this year - maybe Willie scared her away.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 7 years ago

Put out a little welcome mat Pat, and a sign that says, "Pay no attention to the dog behind the curtain..."

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

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