My Bluebird History In my twenty years of feeding and caring for my back yard visitors, I've had a lukewarm relationship with bluebirds. It was years after I put up my first houses that I even had any of them look at them. Then, it became a yearly dance where sometime in late February/early March, a male would show a female one of the boxes she would ultimately reject. It … [Read more...] about My Early Bird Bluebirds
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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 nest box 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!
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
After spending about a week visiting the nestbox everyday, the bluebirds have built a nest and now have eggs in it. I'm very happy to see them make the commitment to the box which has also been looked over by my house wren male just in case nobody else wanted it. … [Read more...] about Bluebirds Have Eggs In A Nestbox
Nobody Takes The Nestbox Earlier this week, I was looking out my office window at my backyard when I saw something suspicious. A mottled gray looking bird perched atop my closest bluebird box. Once mom showed up, it didn't take me long to figure out that my resident bluebird pair had decided to nest elsewhere. It was funny to see the little one sitting on top of the box … [Read more...] about Bluebirds vs Chickadees – It’s A Draw
If You Snooze You Lose OK. Things are heating up in the backyard. Less than a month after reporting the chickadees had staked their claim , the bluebird pair shows up and won't hear any of that noise. Late last week, I started hearing bluebirds chattering in my back yard. Since I almost never hear that sound unless they are nest building, I had to take a look. Sure … [Read more...] about The Bluebirds Make A Last Minute Charge
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?