It’s been awhile since I made a post to the Bluebird Diary. Not a lot of activity to report in winter. Carolyn and I took a cue from the birds and flew south for a several weeks. If you would like to see some pics (mostly birds) from the Rio Grande Valley, visit https://www.flickr.com/photos/reddirtpics/albums/72157663101501666 We returned last week to find the bluebirds still checking the nestbox daily. Mama III has hung around. Looks like Daddy thinks she’s a keeper!
The yard was void of birds since the feeders had been empty for weeks. But some black sunflower seeds in the hanging feeders and chicken scratch on the ground has brought House Finches, American Goldfinches, juncos, Harris’s Sparrows and cardinals into the back yard. For the first time ever I watched the bluebirds eat a few sunflower seeds.
Mama III has never raised here, appeared last summer after Mama II’s death. She appears to be a young bird. Normally the bluebirds have begun building their first nest around the first week in March. So it shouldn’t be long until we have some activity.
The Great Backyard Bird Count is this weekend 12-15 February. I encourage you to participate. It’s fun and is a great citizen science project that adds to our knowledge of birds. The folks at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology are anxious to see if they can detect an El Nino effect. You will need an eBird account to participate, learn more or sign up at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/Page.aspx?pid=1478