The Upstairs Neighbors are Fighting

I’ve been desperately working on bookkeeping stuff for our church (my part-time job) today. Admittedly, I am easily distracted by any number of things. But today, it’s our upstairs neighbors that are driving me, well, batty. Our upstairs neighbors are a family of birds who have set up housekeeping in our eaves. I first noticed a few scratching noises a few days back, and I thought it might be mice. But that must have been moving day for the bird family. Now, they are tweeting away, and every 5 or 10 minutes I hear what must be a bird squabble, or shall I say, squawk. It sounds like someone is very upset with someone else. Maybe Mr. Bird didn’t pick up the right worms for the kids.

So how do we get rid of the birds? To get the answer to this question, I did what any industrious American does, I went to the web and googled “birds nesting in roof.” I found quite a few suggestions, but the site that caught my eye was this one. It says it is illegal to send birds packing. If you want to get rid of them, you have to wait until the next winter when they have vacated to seal up any holes where they might want to nest to keep them from coming back. Thankfully, this is a British law, not an American one.

Seriously, though, if you have any good ideas of how to evict the noisy neighbors, please share. Oh, and if you see our church treasurer, tell him I blogged that I worked on the stuff he asked me to do.

5 thoughts on “The Upstairs Neighbors are Fighting”

  1. Hi Jennifer! This is Tina Shepherd from Tuttle, OK. I was reading your blog and noticed the post about winning the Disney trip. Congratulations! I was wondering what it would cost for Mark and Charis to go along with you. We would be interested in donating also ( I noticed a few people had mentioned donating also). Anyway, I wanted to e-mail you but couldn’t find your address. Hope you are all doing well! Tina

  2. I don’t have any grand solution to your problem neighbors. In fact, I was interested to hear what others would suggest. I am reminded, however, that we had birds nesting last year in the ledge of the little vent opening at the front of our attic where they apparently broke through the screen barrier. I need to get up there and try to somehow repair the screen before they set up shop again this year!

  3. Jennifer, we have had birds in all sorts of places…walls, roof, rafters, chimney. They are noisy and persistent and can overcome many obstacles we place in their way.

    All I can say is that, whatever approach you take, you have to be more persistent and perseverant than they are!

    Good luck!

  4. Funny – we have some swallows nesting in our chimney and squirrels nesting in our attic. The swallows chatter all evening while we’re watching tv and the squirrels start at sunrise running back and forth – their little pitter-patter getting us up earlier than we’d like!
    Hope your wildlife settles down and heads back outside!

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