We have new bluebirds

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.


About lindell dillon

Lindell Dillon is retired and lives in Norman, OK. He grew up in Duncan, attended Cameron College and graduated from the University of Oklahoma. His interests include photography, nature, birding, and investing. Oklahoma Master Naturalist, alumnus Norman Police Department Citizens Academy.
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5 Responses to We have new bluebirds

  1. Wazeau says:

    Wonderful – despite his little “gifts” in the flip flops 🙂

  2. Kimberly Roulet says:

    That is great news!

  3. Juliana Michael says:

    Lindell, I had a male and female at my house by the creek this morning! What a treat! They went into the house a few times and back up to the trees. I have never had to spoil the blue birds the way you do…I may have to start to encourage them to my side of the street!

  4. Rose Marie B says:

    What a delightful surprise, so glad to hear it! This summer was heartbreaking and I’m so glad to see this autumn blessing. They truly are little blessings and I really appreciate you sharing their lives with us, Lindell. 🙂

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