Bluebirds are living, breathing gifts from God and if we are to offer housing to them, we must be prepared to offer the safest situation we can. – – Ninapearl, 2005
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I dug out the Sparrow Spooker and attached some new mylar strips. Bright red on one side and reflective on the other. They flutter with the gentlest prairie breeze and most birds will not approach the contraption. Mama made one false attempt to enter the box and shied away. She flew over to the mealworm feeder where Daddy was perched and he fed her a few worms. She flew into the box without hesitation after that and doesn’t seem bothered by the spooker any longer. Hopefully her eggs are safe from marauders.
I continue to be impressed by the loyalty of paired bluebirds to each other and their broods. Their life centers around the family unit. Something that a lot of the most intelligent animals on the planet have failed to assimilate. Life lessons can be learned from Nature’s simplicity.
Total chicks fledged from this site is 57.
First Brood 2015
- First sign of nest building 10 March
- Nest completed 18 March
- First egg 19 March
- Second egg 20 March
- Third egg 21 March