Mid-winter report

Mama with a big fat mealworm.I sort of let the Blubird Diary go dormant after nesting season, but I apologize for going so long without a report.  Daddy showed up after the last post and the bluebirds didn’t try another nesting.  They continue to visit daily for their mealworms and to keep tabs on their nest box.  We have more birds feeding in the yard in winter and I think Daddy is concerned someone will try to take over their nest cavity.

Mama with a great big ole fat mealworm.  Click to enlarge.

I have a Sharp-shinned Hawk that is making daily passes at feeding birds and I’m always concerned about the bluebirds.  They seldom feed together and I think the reason is that one of them keeps an eye out for hawks while the other feeds.  I have four grain feeders a suet feeder and broadcast grain daily so we have a good variety of birds in winter.  Lots of goldfinches, housefinches, doves and juncos right now.  Unfortunately House Sparrows have increased and I had to re-open the House Sparrow Hotel (sparrow trap).  I always advise folks interested in hosting bluebirds, that if they can’t deal with HOSP control, they shouldn’t put up a box because it will eventually be a death trap for the bluebirds.

I’ve spent some time photographing deer and other things this fall. I have a public photostream on Flickr that you might enjoy.  Most of my pics tend to be nature. It’s located at http://www.flickr.com/photos/reddirtpics/.  Here is an example of what is there.

A buck at Lake Thunderbird, a few miles east of the house.  The early morning light is just touching his antlers and setting the yellow foliage aglow in the background.

I’ll try to keep the Bluebird Diary updated a little more frequently, but rest assured when the nesting season kicks off, we’ll be reporting frequently.

Click to enlarge.

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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 Mid-winter report

  1. carol crosby says:

    Loved the deer in early sun…will most probably use it as inspiration for a drawing/ painting. Please keep taking those winter pictures of the environment as it hibernates until precious bb’s nest once again…there’s magic in your documentation. Thanks Carol in Prairie Hill

  2. lindell dillon says:

    Glad you enjoyed, Carol. When I clicked on that deer pic, discovered it is not in high enough resolution for larger images. There is a better image in the ‘Wildlife” set on Flickr. I shoot everything in RAW at 18 MP, but resize them for posting on the net.

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