There is not a lot to report on our backyard bluebirds after they raise their last brood of the season. We were gone to Colorado for a month, so the birds didn’t get their daily mealworms. I hoped they would still be around when we returned. This pair has only been with me this season, so I wasn’t sure how well they are bonded to this site.
Daddy on his recent visit. Click to enlarge.
We were home a few days before I saw the bluebirds. Daddy showed up in the backyard with four juveniles. I assume all from their last brood. They left without feeding. A few days passed before they appeared again. I placed some mealworms out and both the adult birds fed. When a young male attempted to get a worm, Daddy chased him away. I never place worms out until the birds appear or the resident mockingbird will eat them.
Hopefully they will continue to visit the yard daily. We sure enjoy seeing them and knowing that they are OK. A Cooper’s Hawk was sitting in the backyard the other day, so life on the red dirt hill is not without danger.
The Monarch migration is on and the back yard has been full of butterflies. The bluebirds never prey on them, they prefer smaller insects. And Monarchs have an alkaloid from their caterpillars feeding on milkweed that makes them distasteful to birds.
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