Birdie, Birdie Behind The Sign…..

I don’t have to work out of town very often. When I do, I try to go sightseeing, especially if it’s somewhere I’ve never been. This time, I was in a hotel room in the town where I used to live for 17 years. I did take a drive around to see the new construction going on. I have good memories of living there. I made some friends, played softball, met my husband.


On the first night, I noticed a momma robin just outside my hotel window. She’s all cozy in her nest, hiding behind the hotel name sign, caring for the unborn offspring. I guess I never noticed robin behavior before, but this momma bird was sitting completely still. At a first glance, I thought she had died. Maybe momma robin got drunk on honeysuckle. Yes, that can happen. (I am not condoning this)

When I saw her in the dark, she had her head tilted sideways. I hoped she hadn’t broken her neck. Those babies need their momma. She is the sole teacher of all things “bird”. She’s got to feed her children, teach them defense, and offense, skills, and make sure they will be able to fly. She’s got to teach those sweet chirping song notes.🎶


When the chicks are finally born, I wondered which one would be the smart mouth? (My guess is the 3rd born.) Which one would be the leader? (1st born)Which one would be quiet one? (All the rest. Who wants to get beat up by a sibling?)I wondered if bird moms have a favorite? I wondered , “Does the early bird REALLY get the worm?”🐛


I knew I wouldn’t be in this hotel when the chicks are born. I can only imagine that they will be taught to leave droppings on all the vehicles in this hotel parking lot. This is their home, you know.

Published by Melisa Arnold, A.C.E.

My career in pest management began while working in a flour mill as the “in-house” technician in 2008. I am certified in multiple states. I began working full time as a fumigation-pest control tech in 2010. I achieved my Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) in 2018. I have a Master Tech certification from Kansas State University/Kansas Pest Control Association. I hold a Bat Management certification from NWCOA. Every day, I realize how much I DON’T KNOW. My goal for this blog is to share my every day experiences from the field and to make us all think outside the box for solutions to make pest control make sense.

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