Although I’m fascinated with bluebirds, my interest in the natural world is much broader than just bluebirds. I think one the reasons I’m so attracted to bluebirds is because of how they exemplify nature’s epic survival attitude. Bluebirds have a way of putting
Mama T. and Daddy share a mealworm breakfast.
things in perspective. They forge ahead in life no matter what happens with 100% effort. They don’t dwell on tragedies of the past, absolutely have no regrets. They just remain focused on the survival and procreation of their family. And through it all Daddy sings a cheery song every morning. I often think we supposed higher life forms could take a few lessons from bluebirds.
Mama T. started building a new nest the day after her babies died. It’s pretty much completed now. A nice little deep-cupped nest of woven blue stem and lined with soft, finer grass. It looks pretty damned comfy. Daddy doesn’t participate in the nest building, but he watches with great interest. Every time Mama T. takes a mouthful of grass inside the box and exits, he sticks his head in like he is inspecting her work. Daddy pulls his load by bringing home the bugs when the babies hatch. I often see him catch a bug and feed it to Mama when there are no babies. A fierce protector and reliable provider, he is definitely a family man.
A half-dozen House Sparrows showed up a couple of days ago and I watched Daddy almost get heat-stroke chasing them from the back yard. He’d chase one over the horizon and the others would immediately mob the backyard feeder. Daddy would return to the yard exhausted and chase after another. I finally had to go outside and give him a little back-up since he was outnumbered. The House Sparrow Hotel is open again.
I wouldn’t be surprised if we celebrate the Fourth of July around here with a powder blue egg or two. I hope so.
Second Brood Summary
- First sign of nest building 28 June
- Nest completed 01 July