We are getting some nice April showers today with not much thunderstorm activity which is rare in central Oklahoma. There was a break in the rain about breakfast time and the bluebirds showed up for their mealworms. They continue to inspect the box several times daily and are protective of it, but have shown no sign of building a nest.
I don’t know quite what to think of the situation. This time last year a nest was built and five eggs were being incubated. Perhaps they have built a nest down on the creek in a tree cavity, or maybe Mama is just getting old and her ovaries aren’t the egg factory they used to be. We will be leaving on a trip to High Island soon to watch the neotropical migration, so I’d like to see some signs of nesting before we leave.
I did find two House Finch nests in the yard yesterday. Both are built toward the tops of two
Junipers. One has two eggs and the other is not quite completed. At least we will have some nests to watch, but they just don’t take the place of the bluebirds who have become family.
The mockingbirds are still around and I haven’t seen them doing any nest building, either. I have seen the male in a couple of fights with another male and they were some of the most vicious bird fights I’ve witnessed. No hummingbirds yet despite
some being seen around town. With Autumn Sage, Red Columbine and Coral Honeysuckle in full bloom, you’d think we’d get a few. The field behind the house has a lot of Indian Paint Brush and that is one of their favorite foods. Surely they will come and the bluebirds will nest. It is the season of renewal.