Another cool front has swept down the Oklahoma prairie and it’s a cool, gray day. This type of weather usually decreases the bluebird activity in the yard. They arrived late for breakfast yesterday. So late a mockingbird ate the first bunch of worms and I had to put more out. Saturday was warm and just before dark Mama carried a few strands of grass into the house, but still not an active nest-building effort. Weather is supposed to warm up and I expect nesting to begin in earnest in the next few days. That is Mama in the photo. She isn’t as brilliantly colored as Daddy and has a white eye-ring.
An unusual bird visited the bluebirds today. An American Goldfinch with a deformed beak. You see this from time to time and often it interferes with a bird’s ability to feed. This one doesn’t seem to have any trouble picking white millet out of the feeder and knows how to use that long beak as a foil to fend off other birds.