11 August 2011

Fair game: neighbors, tree limbs, and bird shit

We have several big trees in our backyard. So big that in some places they extend over the property line with our neighbors. I think they probably grumbled in the past about cleaning up leaves (they have no such trees) in the fall, but in 3+ years we have lived side-by-side, we have peacefully co-existed.

Last week a storm came through and knocked down some branches. Most of the time they come down in our yard, but in this case one came down in the neighbor's yard. It wasn't particularly big; you could pick it up and hold it with one hand. Anyways, they decided to toss the branch over the fence back into our yard. Since it was from our tree.

Let's stop right there for a moment. To be honest, I don't know what to think about that. The branch is from our tree, so maybe we do bare responsibility for cleaning it up. What do you think?

Now let's consider a second bit of information. Our neighbors have a bird feeder and a bird bath. They attract dozens of birds to their yard all the time. These birds also like to hang out in our trees. These birds, at least some of which would not normally be here, also shit all over our yard, patio, kids toys, swingset, and anything else within sight. Now do you see where I'm going?

What do you think?
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