It appears a young bluebird pair has claimed our back yard as their territory. They have been here every day this week. They often sit on the nestbox and go in and out of it even though it isn’t breeding season. They have found the birdbath and often drink from it and most importantly they have learned that breakfast is served around 8:00 a.m. Both are taking mealworms from the feeder.
I can’t explain the male bluebird sitting on Daddy’s perch about a week ago. I haven’t seen it since and this young male sits in that tree, but I have never seen him on the exact spot where Daddy always perched. At this point my best guess is that Daddy is not around, most likely deceased since I’ve been watching him as an adult for almost five years. It’s likely that the young mate he took in mid-summer has found another younger male and brought him back to the yard.
The young male is really making himself at home by perching on our wicker patio furniture right next to the windows. When a bird perches in the same spot repeatedly, there is always evidence and I have quite a
An Eastern Phoebe uses the mealworm feeder as a bugging perch.
lot. Even some on Carolyn’s flip flops she left outside. I’m going to have to break him from perching on the furniture without running him out of the yard. I’ve moved my watchbird Peaches to the rear of the house and in a couple of days, she will be trained to watch for Daddy II and let me know when he arrives.
At any rate we are glad the ‘bluebird of happiness’ has returned to the red dirt hill.