Photo Essay: In the Birdhouse

EDEN, N.C.–Tweet.  Tweet.

One could be forgiven for mistaking that sound for the thousands of celebrities updating their Twitter streams to dish on the latest Lindsay Lohan scandal.

Alas, the high pitched warble heard outside the backyard of one prominent Eden, North Carolina resident isn’t an audio cue on Tweet Deck or a thousand other social media sites.  Rather, it is the sound of sparrows, jaybirds, cardinals, and a dozen other avians nesting in these colorful bird condos.   Flitting in and out as they gather food to feed their hungry little ones, they are the snapshot of avian suburbia.  While it is unknown exactly how many have taken up residence in these avant-garde homes, the impact on the ambiance of the neighborhood is keenly felt.  At least three or four (human) homes on the stretch of road where this photo was taken play host to one form of birdhouse or another; several more have birdseed at the ready to feed the eccentric beasts.

Regardless of one’s feelings about the avian neighbors, the impact on the local economy is unmistakable.  A handful of bird seed and pet stores in Rockingham County, N.C generate an untold number of dollars.  The town of Eden is but the latest beneficiary of the bird watchers–at least one store is known to be thriving in the bedroom community, and many more are slated to arrive soon.

 John Winn