Fall on the reddirt hill

IMG_0971 copyThe bluebirds are once again coming daily for mealworms.  Most of the time they will have some or all of the last brood with them.  Good to know all four have survived.  Mortality is high in bluebirds, especially young ones.  Daddy must be doing a good

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job with his survival training.  We have a Sharp-shinned Hawk around that makes frequent patrols over the back yard checking for birds.  A bluebird would be a great prize for him.

The adults have been going in and out of the house recently.  They aren’t going to attempt another nesting,  just checking on their property.  That is a good sign they have bonded to the site.  Normally I don’t trap sparrows except during bluebird breeding season, but several have been around and one could easily trap one of the bluebirds in the box and kill them.  I opened the House Sparrow Hotel a week ago today and 18 guests have checked in.

Fall is an easy time for bluebirds.  The weather is mild, bugs still plentiful and they are recuperating from the rigors of a nesting season.  Four broods take a visible toll on the adults.  Both are thin and worn looking by summer’s end.  They are already looking healthier.  See the photo of Mama on the mealworm feeder.  Life is good for the bluebirds.

The next month is the rutting season for deer and about the only time it’s possible to get a photo of a whitetail buck, so I’m spending some time in the Cross Timbers of Central Oklahoma with my camera.  Check my flickr stream at http://www.flickr.com/photos/reddirtpics/


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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One Response to Fall on the reddirt hill

  1. SHARI says:

    Love your posts. Have learned so much. My bluebirds had a failed nest (6 eggs but none hatched) but returned to the box this fall to check it out. Good to know they are just keeping an eye on it:)

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