Our first family of bluebirds just left the nest the other day. Or should I say the other night! That's right, night. OK, maybe it was evening but it was the first time I've ever had bluebirds fledge at any time other than morning. Let me recount how it happened. What's That Dark Spot In The Lawn? This first family seemed to be taking their time. It seemed to me that they had … [Read more...] about Nail Biting Bluebird Fledging
I have a quick story to share with you which further emphasizes the need to pay attention to your backyard I spoke of in my last post. It's a story about seeing a need and filling it and the feeling you can get doing that. This story involves one of my favorite feeder birds, the Carolina chickadee. A few years ago, before I ever had any Eastern Bluebirds in my backyard, I … [Read more...] about Just In Time Chickadee Housing
First Junco Arrives Yesterday afternoon, I was looking out my back window when I saw something that brought a smile to my face. That unmistakable grey and white flitting. Alone for now but I know it's just the beginning. That's right...my first junco. I saw it milling about on the ground near my squirrel corn cob feeder and then actually climbing on it. Finally, they settled … [Read more...] about The First Junco Of The Season
Finally Got It! I've been wanting to get one of my broods of bluebird babies as they were leaving the nest but have not been successful-until now! I noticed one evening a few days ago that one of the babies was getting rather impatient and bold around the nestbox hole. The parents were bringing him or her food on a regular basis so I didn't see any reason why they would want … [Read more...] about Bluebirds Caught Leaving The Nest
Contested Dwelling This year I've had more than a couple species look at one of my two bluebird boxes. I had the bluebirds, chickadees, titmice, starlings and cowbirds. If you've been following this blog for any time at all you'd know I'd never let starlings or sparrows move in so their fate was predetermined. I also realize the cowbirds were just looking for an egg drop … [Read more...] about Bluebirds Are Moving In!