I apologize that I haven’t reported on the bluebirds recently. I’ve been so bummed out, I just couldn’t find the motivation to post. We lost Mama to a neighborhood cat. I think the babies were not fed for a couple of days before I noticed. They were so weak I could not force food down them and none of them survived.
Poor Daddy is so confused. He called for Mama for days to no avail. He would gather up a mouthful of mealworms and fly away with them, which is strange behavior. I even wondered if Mama could be injured somewhere and he was feeding her. Now he is not spending much time in the yard. I called him yesterday morning and he came for some worms and then left. I’ll try again this morning. I want to keep him bonded to this site in hopes he finds another mate.
I have run off a neighbor’s cat several times for stalking the nest box and my birdbath. The day after Mama went missing my cockatiel Peaches set off an extra loud alarm call, which generally means there is an animal in the back yard. As I walked to the door I watched the same cat jump five-feet in the air and take a House Finch off a tray feeder. After witnessing this I suspect it took Mama from the nestbox as she fed babies.
House cats and window strikes are the two most common non-natural causes of mortality in songbirds. Folks, don’t allow your cats to roam and kill animals. Where I live, it’s not only unethical and unneighborly, but also illegal. I attempted to have a conversation with the owner of this cat. When I asked if she thought it was ethical to allow her cat to come to my yard and stalk my feeders, her response was “There’s lots of birds!” Yes, my blood boiled, but I bit my tongue.
It’s tough to lose an animal that is like a pet– almost family. One you see and feed every day and you’ve watched for years. But, life goes on. I hope Daddy finds a new mate and returns to nest here. I’ll take legal means to deal with the cat owner and her cat. This won’t happen again!
Photo is the last picture I took of Mama.
Second Brood 2015
- First sign of nest building 11 May
- Nest completed 14 May
- First egg 15 May
- Second egg 16 May
- Third egg 17 May
- Fourth egg 18 May
- Fifth egg 19 May
- Incubation begins 20 May
- Three eggs hatch 01 June
- Two eggs hatch 02 June
- All babies succumb 17 June