Keeper Of The Gate

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Home Inspector with Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

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.

 

 

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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


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Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
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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

Jun 10, 2012 08:31 PM #1
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James Dray
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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

Jun 10, 2012 08:36 PM #2
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Jay Markanich
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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!

Jun 10, 2012 08:39 PM #3
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Joe Petrowsky
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Great shot, it's the season for these feathered friends. They can make a mess, but love having them around.

Jun 10, 2012 08:48 PM #4
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Debbie Gartner
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Oh how cute.  I hope there aren't any cats nearby exploring.  I guess that's why they nest up high.

Jun 10, 2012 09:53 PM #5
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Andrea Swiedler
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HA! How wonderful! I love birds, we actually have a family of bluebirds in our bird house this year. I was thrilled!

Jun 10, 2012 09:58 PM #6
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Clint Mckie
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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

Jun 10, 2012 10:03 PM #7
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
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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.

Jun 10, 2012 10:18 PM #8
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Fred Hernden
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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!

Jun 10, 2012 10:48 PM #9
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Jay Markanich
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Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

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

Jun 10, 2012 10:55 PM #10
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Roy Kelley
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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.

Jun 10, 2012 11:27 PM #11
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Jay Markanich
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I think you are looking at a single family, Roy, with a single mom in charge.

Jun 10, 2012 11:32 PM #12
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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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.

Jun 11, 2012 12:14 AM #13
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Jay Markanich
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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!

Jun 11, 2012 12:17 AM #14
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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.

Jun 11, 2012 02:45 AM #15
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Jay Markanich
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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.

Jun 11, 2012 03:31 AM #16
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From my inspection yesterday morning. She stayed very still while I snapped her picture. Robin

Jun 11, 2012 09:41 PM #17
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Jay Markanich
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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.

Jun 12, 2012 11:53 AM #18
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Jay, I used to have one of those on my back porch.  She didn't come back this year - maybe Willie scared her away.

Jun 12, 2012 12:31 PM #19
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Jay Markanich
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Put out a little welcome mat Pat, and a sign that says, "Pay no attention to the dog behind the curtain..."

Jun 12, 2012 08:43 PM #20
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