This Means War

This has been a good week for me, but a tired one. Not because I’ve had more to do than usual, but because I’ve not gotten enough sleep. And the number one thing to do to treat Adrenal Fatigue is–duh!–get a decent amount of sleep. This is tougher for us than for people with normal, healthy adrenal function, because part of our problem is that we don’t make enough cortisol–and what we do get, comes later in the day than for most people.

That means we’re really, really not morning people. Going to bed early doesn’t help, because we can’t go to sleep early. I also can’t take naps.

So earlier this spring, when the sparrows started congregating near my bedroom window, it became a problem when they’d wake me up at the crack of dawn.

I put some bird spikes on the wires close to the house, and that kept them off of those. But they were still partying in the tree. So I put a plastic owl up beside the bushes beneath my window, and that scared them all away.

Well,  all except for one tenacious, male sparrow. Of course, this little cretin has the loudest, most obnoxious chirp of them all. And once he sits somewhere and gets going, he Never. Shuts. Up.

He even wakes my husband up. “God, I’m going to shoot that thing,” DH said after a week of this. He borrowed a pellet gun from a friend and almost got him once, but otherwise, Mr. Noisy has been elusive.

I tried a different route: a sparrow trap. I found this link with instructions on how to make my own. The hardware mesh cost me about $10 – much less than buying one!

I also read up on sparrows. Turns out gardeners and birders alike really hate these little pests. The House Sparrow (a.k.a. HOSP) is a non-native, invasive species that competes with native bluebirds and purple martins for nest space. Not only are bluebirds and martins appealing to the birders, gardeners love them because they are insectivores.

A Bird Party! All sparrows welcome.

A Bird Party! All sparrows welcome.

Sparrows, OTOH, eat stuff from gardens. And they are the Russian Mafia of birds: if someone’s living in a house they want, they’ll take it by whatever means necessary. They don’t just run off the other birds, they kill them and destroy their eggs.

Which explains why I never see them in my neighborhood, even though they’re indigenous to this area. The place is overrun with sparrows. Both the federal government and all 50 states consider sparrows a nuisance animal (along with pigeons, starlings, coyotes, feral hogs, and Asian carp).

I made my trap and set it out last night with some nice, fluffy bread and a cup of water. In the morning, there were five sparrows inside! Unfortunately, not Mr. Noisy. But now we’re at war. Between my trap and DH’s pellet gun, we should be able to get some decent sleep soon.

What I’ve been reading: I beta-read a science fiction novel for a writer friend and enjoyed it very much. I’ll share more about it once it’s released.

ROW80Logo175ROW80 Update: My main goal for this week was to begin working on my next WIP, which is already half-written, but is a mess. I’ve gone through and fixed three scenes, which was what I hoped to get done. This week, I want to go through five. ROW80 Round Two ended this past Thursday, so it’s also time for a recap on quarterly goals.

My main objective was to do everything I needed to get Time’s Dilemma ready for publication. It releases Tuesday and is already up for preorder, so that’s a goal accomplished! I also wanted to start work on the next WIP, that’s done too (barely).

ROW80 Round Three officially starts on July 4th, so I’ll be back on the 3rd with Third Quarter goals.

What about you–what problem have you tackled lately? Did you know those cute, little sparrows were an introduced species, and a nuisance? How are you doing on whatever goals you might have, whether writing or otherwise? Please share in the comments–I’d love to hear from you!

Jennette Marie Powell writes stories about ordinary people in ordinary places, who do extraordinary things and learn that those ordinary places are anything but. In her Saturn Society novels, unwilling time travelers do what they must to make things right... and change more than they expect. You can find her books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, iTunes, and more.

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  1. Girl…why are we all going through one of kind of crap over the other? Geez. So not fair. Am happy to see you are at least half finished with one project….. good for you and hang in there. I happen to love bird song so, please don’t hate me for that….. we do have ridiculous wood peckers who think they can drill into the house once in a while though….. 🙂 Sandy

  2. {{hugs}} Sandy! I like birdsong too, but these guys just chirp and squawk… and run off the other birds. Luckily, Cardinals are bigger, because they have such a pretty song! So glad we don’t have woodpeckers, because it’s illegal to do anything with them.

  3. I guess because we don’t have any big trees around our house, we got lucky that there aren’t that many sparrows bugging us. I think one did build a nest in our air vent years ago, but hubby closed that thing off and we haven’t had any problems since.

    Hope you get him captured soon so you can get your rest!

  4. Ugh. Not getting enough sleep is a curse! When the birds began chirping incessantly outside my bedroom window a couple of months ago, I closed the window and turned on the fan. Fortunately, that worked, but I’m lucky that I don’t have sleep problems.

    However, I just noticed this morning the amount of time I spend icing various parts of my body that are inflamed. A knee will calm down, only to be replaced by a quad ache, then a shoulder. And, on and on. Sometimes the pain is caused by my being over enthusiastic in my exercise classes; sometimes by nothing at all.

    But, Jennette, I still admire how productive you manage to be, despite all the interruptions and other responsibilities you have. You keep inspiring me!

  5. Thankfully the birds that hang around our bird feeder/trees are not a nuisance. But the squirrels are. They broke our first feeder, so I got a new one that’s called squirrel buster. They can’t get the seeds now, so they hang out on the ground and eat whatever falls. So far so good for this solution. Hope yours is working out and you get some sleep!

  6. Fly little sparrow – fly like the wind. I didn’t know those little birds were not native. I guess because you see them everywhere you just automatically think they’re from here.

    I don’t have a lot of sparrows, but we have some pretty aggressive blue jays so maybe . . . hmmmm.

    Anyway, good luck with the trapping and shooting. I can totally sympathize with you. I cannot go to bed early either or take naps. I need my full 8-9 hours each night.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  7. Stacy, you’re lucky! They do like to nest in crevices – we realized they’d nested in our gutter this morning when we found it in the yard from last night’s almost-storm.

    Lynette, the first thing I did was turn up the air cleaner in my bedroom (that I use anyway because I have tinnitus). It masks the noise as long as they aren’t right by the window–where this one insists on being. And thanks!

    Coleen, the friend/neighbor we borrowed the pellet gun uses it for squirrels! I like your solution.

    TS – I don’t watch it, but LOL.

    Patricia, I didn’t know they weren’t native, either. But they came over from Britain in the mid-19th century, along with starlings. I wish this one would just fly away, like the rest did when I put the owl out. And thanks!

  8. I was going to say, shot that bird, but you beat me to it. I wish your husband much success. You know I have the same problem you do and have been suffering from adrenal fatigue for what seems like forever. Yet, I learned something today from you. I knew about the cortisol. But I guess I never connected the sleep thing. Interesting. Yes, kill that bird!!! On the other hand, Congrats on your new book release!! So excited for you. Since today is Tuesday, I will pop over to the other post and tweet!!!! 🙂

  9. LOL Karen, he actually hasn’t bothered us the past two days because he’s been hanging around the trap – there were females in there! I think he was in there yesterday when I got up, but got out before we got to the trap. That one is smarter than the average sparrow. And thanks for your kind words on my new release!