Winter on the reddirt hill …

yardbirds 001We enjoy all four seasons in Oklahoma, sometimes in the same week.  Earlier last week we were hiking in our shirtsleeves and for the past couple of days we’ve experienced cold and snow.  A freezing drizzle over the snow today and maybe thunderstorms tomorrow.

You’d think the snow covered ground would make bugging impossible for the bluebirds and they’d be here for mealworms, but I haven’t seen them the past two days. They do eat berries when the weather is bad, though.  I’ve seen them eat juniper berries in the yard.  The nestbox looks cold and deserted, but I know that will pass.

As surely as the swallows will return to Capistrano, the sun will emerge in a day or two and the bluebirds will return to the reddirt 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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2 Responses to Winter on the reddirt hill …

  1. thank you! always love your posts. Incredible that these little birds can survive the harsh winter-I had a young looking male and female already perch on top of the box, hopefully staking their claim! So heart warming to imagine they might be juvies that i helped raise last year when their mom disappeared and papa was solo feeding nestlings-I was busy with meal worm supplemental feeding!

    • lindell dillon says:

      They are much more sociable toward people than the other birds. It’s difficult not to regard them as pets or family. But, I realize mine are wild birds and I’m fortunate that they choose to spend time with me.

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