Late winter on the reddirt hill

yardbirds 005It’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.  Sheyardbirds 010 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

 

 

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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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4 Responses to Late winter on the reddirt hill

  1. Margaret says:

    Thanks for the update. I checked out your photos of the trip south. Some fabulous birds you saw. Roseate Spoonbills are on my wish list.

  2. Stefanie Beaupied says:

    Love your diary. I am new bluebird landlord. I have finally got them to come to the yard and then today I saw one perched on top of the nest box. I got the best box at WBU and it has a predator guard around the entrance hole. I have a large population of house sparrows that I am currently controlling with repeat traps. My question is: do I put up “spooker” accessories on nest box now or wait until bluebirds have had babies?
    Thanks for all your inspiring information.
    Stefanie
    Indiana

    • lindell dillon says:

      Glad you have been chosen by the bluebirds! You want to wait until the female lays an egg and then put up the Sparrow Spooker. Her maternal instincts will overcome her fear of the spooker. Daddy sometimes perches on my spooker and sings to Mama while she is incubating. The bluebirds will soon pay it no mind. Hope you have a successful season.

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