The bluebirds have been busy! Not as busy as they will be in a few weeks, but busy. Lots of nest building and courtship going on. Mama has been begging Daddy for worms and he picks up one out of the feeder and takes it to her. They do this every year, I’m not sure what purpose it serves, but a part of the spring ritual. All bluebirds do it.
Mama is busy finishing the nest. She spent quite awhile inside this morning. Daddy brought some strands of grass and passed to her. I also saw him bring a bug and pass it into the box. He’ll be doing a lot of that soon. That is Mama on the box.
An Eastern Phoebe landed on the nest box this morning and I ran for my camera. But, needless to say before I could capture the scene I knew was coming, Daddy had chased her away. He pays little mind to the numerous House Finches, juncos and goldfinches that feed in the back yard, but aggressively chases any cowbird, House Sparrow or starling within sight.
The birds seem to be a little ahead of last year’s schedule. The nest wasn’t completed until 26 March and the first egg laid on 30 March. The current nest is pretty much complete now, but Mama seems to be putting on the finishing touches. You know how women are. Photo of today’s nest in the early morning light.
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