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!
Help Team Sapsucker Set A New Record I received an email today that I need to pass along to you. It was from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and their Big Day 2011 that will happen tomorrow. I'll just let you read the letter from them to begin. … [Read more...] about Cornell Lab of Ornithology Big Day 2011
The Center Of My Birding Activity I recently decided to take down the 40+ foot sassafrass tree that was in the center of my backyard. I held out as long as I could for my birds. With feeders and nesting boxes on both sides of the yard, it quickly became the hub of activity. If a bird came into my backyard, there was a 75% chance it would perch in that tree while deciding … [Read more...] about Losing My Backyard Centerpiece
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