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.
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.
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