Looked out yesterday to see one of the juvies from the last brood follow Daddy into the yard. Daddy was bringing a bug to the babies, finished his job and landed on his perch. The juvie begged him for some food and got none. Then this forty-day old bird decided to check out the old home place. He landed on the box despite the Sparrow Spooker on it. He saw his reflection in one of the mylar ribbons and actually picked at it.
I watched him catch a couple of bugs in the back yard and it’s obvious this young bird is an expert hunter. Bluebird’s eyesight is just phenomenal. They can spot a bug crawling in the grass on the other side of the yard.
No House Sparrows have been around the yard for some weeks, but about a dozen showed up at the sunflower feeder and were camped out, many of them young ones. They were really stressing Daddy. He chased and chased, but just couldn’t rid the area of an imminent threat to his chicks. I set up my repeating trap from sparrowtrap.net and in two days trapped 13. No more threat to the babies from marauding HOSP’s.
The two chicks in the box should fledge in just a couple of days. Hopefully I’ll get to see it, but it only lasts a few seconds and Mama always takes them down to the creek. They don’t hang around the yard. Stay tuned.
Thought you might enjoy a set of twin fawns from this morning’s walk.
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