I have provided a sturdy home for many birds through the years.
The nuthatch below is saying, honey I've returned to our sturdy home.
The first four shots show the sturdy bird homes on the driveway side of my house.
The large sturdy home below was originally for the downy woodpeckers so they'd stop trying to enlarge the entry holes on the homes that were too small for them. In recent years the large home has been confiscated by the squirrels. The nuthatch was checking out how the other half lives below.
The chickadee below is at the door to its sturdy home which is on the back side of my house. I have ten of the small nesting boxes in all. Eight are under the roof eaves (both sides and back) and two are on my swingset garden. I also have a lot over overgrown bushes which provide a good habitat for nest building.
Fortunately the hawk didn't land on either of the sturdy homes on part of the old swing set, that has been used for climbing plants in my garden after my daughter grew up. I fear that it would have been a demolished home under the weight of the hawk.
Click for the Photohunters sturdy theme, and/or click for the Photohunters home theme. By the way, I've posted some of these shots on my blogs in the past but when I saw what the two themes were, these birdhouse shots seemed to fit so well I used them again. This is another week where it seemed like the two separate photohunt hosts (Gattina and Sandy) collaborated to come up with themes that would go well together. Amazing that they didn't.