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!
First Time In Four Years As I have mentioned before in my Dark Legacy post, for the last four years or so I have had a bluebird pair with some type of genetic defect. This theory was backed up when Julie Zickefoose suggested I crack open an unhatched egg and confirm there was no viable chick in it. They would build a nest in my box, lay eggs and then the heartbreak began. … [Read more...] about A Landmark Bluebird Achievement
Update 5/15/10: The feeding frenzy finally came to an end so I thought I'd check the box today. As far as I can tell all 5 bluebirds successfully hatched and fledged the nest. I'll have another post this week about it as this is an historic moment in my bluebird stewardship! … [Read more...] about My Bluebirds Have Made A Nest
I was so thrilled when a pair of bluebirds finally decided to make a home in my second bluebird box again this year. I hoped that my resident pair had moved on or died as cruel as that sounds. The reason is it is heartbreaking to see all their work go for near nothing. Thanks to Julie Zickefoose, I learned the pair probably had a genetic problem of some kind. These two have … [Read more...] about My Dark Bluebird Legacy Lives On
I have a pair of bluebirds who like to come and check in on me from time to time whose tale needs to be told. About four years ago, I had my first mating pair of Eastern Bluebirds come and make home in one of the two bluebird houses I have in my back yard. I'd had others come by in late winter, take a look quickly at both houses and never return. Chickadees have nested … [Read more...] about Do You Have Any Resident Bluebirds?