Monday, 8 June 2020

Bluebird Update

For the past week I've been allowing the bluebirds nesting in a distant field their privacy. Yesterday I did an inspection and found the nest empty. I don't know if the young fledged or if they were taken by a predator. By the state of the nest, I'm leaning more towards the 'fledged' theory.

Surprise!! This morning a bluebird couple is constructing a nest in one of the boxes quite close by in my garden. Not for the first time, I've had a desire to interview another species.

The male keeping security watch while his missus furnishes their house.


She surveys the human with the camera before her next move.


She's found some pine twigs which are here in abundance.


Leaning out to position them end-wise through the entrance.


About to take off for another load of bedding.


Their chosen box is very close to my vegetable patch.


I wonder if they'll mind me weeding so close to their nest? Perhaps a perfect excuse for slacking off -- not that I really need one.


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  1. Florence, you are funny & dear :) As always, love the peaceful photos--I'm sure you & your new neighbors will get along well.

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    1. I rather think the bluebirds will be tolerant, Doug. Wouldn't surprise me that they are feeding the first batch while preparing to lay a second clutch of eggs. They usually have two broods per year. It so happens that I have a direct view of their box from my kitchen sink window. I won't mind washing the dishes so much now.

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    2. Haha about washing the dishes now! Everytime I hear "Mother Nature" I think of you :)

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  2. It looks like hard work to get the building supplies inside, first find them, need to be dry, load them up, carry them in, then a wrangle to align all the planks, I hope that the kitchen window gives you a lot of joy as they flit in and out of their home.

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    1. I will be entertained as I do my kitchen chores, Jean! The female does all the nest building but then she gets a good rest while laying and then brooding those eggs. I can picture her knitting or reading or just snoozing.

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  3. Aren't they just the neatest birds? That looks like a nice secure place they have chosen. I usually have them nest in the box on the fence but this year they picked the box on my porch. Now ever time I go out the door--they fly off. I feel so badly about disturbing them but they did pick the location.

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    1. Oh Patti, you are so lucky to have them as regulars. For decades, I never saw one here so for me they are a special treat. Don't they have just the sweetest little song? I'll be out early tomorrow morning to listen. I'd love to see a picture of your porch nest. We are both BB landladies!

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  4. You're very fortunate to have blue birds.

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    1. Don't I know it, Red! They certainly sweeten my garden!

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  5. How wonderful to see them. The raccoons took down my new bluebird feeder. I've reattached it in another spot. The previous owners had 5 or 6 boxes up. They rotted. Cross your fingers for me!

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    1. Best of luck to the new location, Jennifer. Those raccoons can certainly be pesty. I'm a bit worried that my new bluebird couple might find the resident red squirrels a problem. (sigh)

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  6. Fascinating mason bee post, Florence. I'd saved up toilet paper rolls to try to make bee homes with my grandson after reading about these interesting bees. Yours look wonderful and I must show them to Tony to see if he can make them too.
    Awesome to see so much bird happy activity at your place and how well used your nest boxes are. A treat to be watching this up close. I worry about my overabundance of red squirrels too.

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    1. Friday afternoon, I looked out the window just in time to see a pair of robins and the male bluebird trying to run off a red squirrel. Interesting to see the two species of thrushes teaming up on the nest raider. Glad you and your grandson are interested in native bees, Jocelyn. So far, nothing has appeared at my bee condo. Perhaps my timing was off.

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