Still no nesting

Mama and Daddy continue to spend a lot of time in the yard and around the nest box, but still not building a nest. Just like every morning, the bluebirds and I had breakfast together.

The birds had mealworms from the New Orleans Diner and I had Bunches of Honey n Oats and coffee in my patio chair.

Mama finished breakfast first and left Daddy on the feeder. Suddenly his gaze went skyward. I’ve seen this behavior many times. It means his keen eyes have spotted  a hawk. This morning was a false alarm, though. It was just a pair of Turkey Vultures checking out the hill behind the house. The threat from hawks is real. A pair of Cooper’s Hawks is nesting down on the creek and they have taken birds from the yard.  They come in low and fast on the feeders because they know birds are here.

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About lindell dillon

Lindell Dillon is retired and lives in Norman, OK. He grew up in Duncan, attended Cameron College and graduated from the University of Oklahoma. His interests include photography, nature, birding, and investing. Oklahoma Master Naturalist, alumnus Norman Police Department Citizens Academy.
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2 Responses to Still no nesting

  1. Hi Lindell, I’m sure you are glad that the Cooper’s Hawk has not taken more of your precious Bluebirds! I have had several visits by a Cooper’s Hawk recently and I do worry as the hawk has scoped out my larger bird feeder in the backyard. Have a wonderful Sunday tomorrow and continue the fine blog.

    • lindell dillon says:

      Yes. I am. The bluebirds are very vigilant, though. When Daddy is sitting up on a bugging perch or the birdhouse, his head is always on a swivel. The ground-feeding birds are more vulnerable. I’ve seen one of the Cooper’s perched on my patio bench right by the mealworm feeder and also in a little Live Oak tree in my back yard. He’ll never catch Daddy from that close, he will have to have a fast stoop on to get him.

      I’ve seen the Cooper’s take a junco and a Mourning Dove from the yard, though.

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