A few months ago, I noticed a bird chirping around one of my dormant GrowBoxes. While I was working in the garden early one morning, I noticed the bird perch on the water port of the box, and then disappear into the waterbox itself. A few seconds later, it emerged, and a minute later, it returned, with a twig in its mouth. I looked inside and saw a bunch of twigs. This little bird had been busy for a long time getting all that stuff into the waterbox. I set up my iPhone on a tripod and shot this:
I figured that box was lost to me, at least for the spring. I wasn’t about to destroy an active nest. However, I noticed that the birds stopped coming around. I waited a couple of weeks, and after seeing no activity, I disassembled the GrowBox to clean out the twigs, so I could use it. Inside, I found the abandoned nest, with a few eggs in it, as you see below. Mom must have met up with one of our many red-tailed hawks, or perhaps an owl.