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
We've Got Some Tufted Titmouse Mouths To Feed So far, I've told you about my first ever tufted titmouse couple choosing a bluebird box. I told you how they started building and then seemingly abandoning it. Next, I showed you the marvel of engineering that can happen when a tufted titmouse mother decides a nest has got to happen NOW! The last post was all about the … [Read more...] about The Tufted Titmouse That Wouldn’t Quit – Part 4
We Have Eggs! In my last post, I told how my tufted titmouse mother started, stopped and then started a nest again. How she returned with a vengeance after I had cleaned out her first aborted attempt at a nest. I only wish I could have recorded her stuffing those gigantic clumps of nesting material in there. It was something to behold and simply hilarious. I … [Read more...] about The Tufted Titmouse That Wouldn’t Quit – Part 3
Will I Have a Tufted Titmouse Nest or Not? In my last post, I told you about my jubilation over thinking I was going to finally have a tufted titmouse family in my back yard. I told you about the odd first attempt at a nest that was seemingly abandoned. And how, after over a week of no activity, I decided to clean out the nest so any other bird thinking about nesting … [Read more...] about The Tufted Titmouse That Wouldn’t Quit – Part 2
First Time In Fifteen Years! For the last fifteen years that I've been feeding birds in my back yard I've gotten to enjoy so many different species. Most were the birds that are here year round. Others, like my most recent Rose Breasted Grosbeaks, are just passing through to one place or another. I've had nest boxes up for almost all that time and have had mostly Carolina … [Read more...] about The Tufted Titmouse That Wouldn’t Quit – Part 1
They've Finally Nested! After years of feeding Red Bellied Woodpeckers in my back yard, I finally have a pair that are calling a nearly dead tree just over my back fence home! Since shortly after I put up my first peanut feeder and suet I've had them around and about my yard. I've always loved listening to their vocalizations that sound like they mean business. I've always … [Read more...] about First Time Red Bellied Woodpecker Nesting
In most parts of the US, old man winter is starting to give way to at least small peeks of Spring. That means your back yard visitors are looking (or will soon be looking) for places to nest and raise their young. You can help them in ways you've maybe not thought of. Here are my spring nesting tips to help make your back yard a preferred spot for nesting birds. In no … [Read more...] about Spring Nesting Tips For Back Yard Birders
Human Parents vs Bird Parents While I have to admit I am not a parent in the conventional sense. We are parents to our 10 year old yorkie/chihuahua mix, Maggie which has been both challenging and rewarding. However, I am over fifty years of age and have been around a ton of parents and have heard about their struggles and triumphs. So, let me give you a light-hearted breakdown … [Read more...] about Human Parents Think They Have It Bad?