The first sunbird verandah nest was in front of the bedroom at the front of the house. In hindsight, it was a poor choice on my behalf. The sunbirds built their nest to perfection, but the porch was facing the other way and I couldn’t see what was going on at all. A month of twigs and feathers, and poo littering my timber boards, and the nest slowly taking shape over the weeks, was the only indication of life. In the late afternoon and early morning,there appeared to be a lot of movement in the nest causing it sway gently from side to side.
It seems that if you hang a rope, they will come.
We watched the building process with little interest, too busy to realy take in what was going on. Over an occasional glass of wine on the adjoining verandah, we sometimes noticed the birds fluttering by to the nest. The bigger birds were more appealing and interesting, as was finishing our projects around the house.
To this day I am not sure if the front verandah sunbird nest produced the offspring who now live in our territory, but I guess it did.
The nest still survives fully in tact, and has seen an other few births over the years. Regrettably I haven’t!