Usually some morsel of good news follows bad news, but not always quickly. We were sad to lose Mama, but death reaffirms life and the cycle moves on. Daddy has been doing a lot of vocalizing since we got home and I wasn’t sure if he was calling Mama or calling for a new mate. I try to be an unbiased observer of nature and not let anthropomorphism creep into my logic, but the bluebirds have become family and most folks are a little biased when it comes to family.
The new female on the box.
At any rate, Daddy’s long-winded songs and wing waving have paid off. Yesterday a good lookin’ female showed up in the back yard. I have never heard such vocal courtship! One of my neighbors who didn’t know about Mama’s demise asked me what was going on with the bluebirds. She said they had been behind her house and were going on something awful, she thought they were upset. I replied that nothing is wrong, “It’s just bluebird courtship.”
Daddy and the new female spent a lot of time sitting on the nest box yesterday. Daddy kept going inside and sticking his head out while the new chick sat on top. It seemed he was trying to coax her inside. But so far I’ve not seen her inside the box. Before daylight this morning and while I was still in bed, I heard Daddy singing away. The female is back and they are at it again. Looks like Daddy has found a new mate, which leaves us with a dilemma. Carolyn said we can’t just give her Mama’s name. Any ideas?
I have started a new blog and a new flickr group and want to invite my bluebird friends to visit. The WordPress blog is titled Oklahoma Nature Blog and it located at http://oklahomanatureblog.wordpress.com/ It’s an attempt to create a meeting place for Oklahoma nature lovers and provide timely news about the current goings on in the Sooner nature scene.
The flickr group is titled Oklahoma Nature Pics and is a place where you can quickly upload your Oklahoma nature photos and share with others. flickr is the largest and easiest to use photo sharing site on the web. I hope you will submit some of your photos. It takes less than a minute to set up an account if you don’t have one. The group is located at http://www.flickr.com/groups/1941297@N20/ and if you hurry, you can be the second member.