I’ve been in Texas for a few days and returned home to find little activity going on with the bluebirds. Mama is still incubating and spends most of the day in the box, often peeking out the hole. Daddy still comes for worms on a regular basis and the juvies were here for awhile this morning.
The mockingbirds are settling down some and there hasn’t been any more direct conflict with the bluebirds. There is an issue with the prime perching spot in the back yard and the mockingbird usually asserts himself to claim it. Fortunately, he just flies up and crowds Daddy off of it, rather than attacking. Between the two of them, the HOSP’s and cowbirds don’t get much time in the yard before they are chased off. The female mockingbird is incubating her four eggs.
The bluebirds have lots of feathered visitors and get along with most of them. I’ve recorded 136 species in and around our yard. We are fortunate to have three distinct habitats–prairie, woodland and three ponds. That draws a good variety of birds. Yesterday a pair Great Egrets visited the ponds. I was able to get a pic for a change. The ponds are open and it’s difficult to get close to wary birds. These jumped into the falls which made for some good pics.