there are six birdhouses nailed to the old scrub pine in the neighbor's back yard. only two are painted. the others are made of bare wood, and inhabited by chickadees.
during the big storm last autumn, three of the houses blew down. an old man nailed them back up onto the same tree before the winter started. no birds lived in any of the houses during the winter. it was too cold.
in the spring, birds moved into all the six houses. they make soft nests inside, made of grass trimmings and pieces of plastic they find in trash bins.