Home again …

“Home is the nicest word there is.”   Laura Ingalls Wilder

bluebirds-056They say “You can’t go home again.”  And I guess if you wait too long, that may be the case.  Our last clutch of three bluebirds that fledged on 20 July returned home today.  We left for Colorado right after they fledged and didn’t return until September.  We’ve been home a week and haven’t seen them until today.

The whole family showed up on an overcast afternoon.  The adults summarily checked out the nest box and then began bugging on a freshly mowed hill full of injured insects.  Our bluebirds know the sound of a lawnmower means a feast and I suspect that is why they were here.  The juvies were absolutely mesmerized by the nestbox.  They constantly flew around it, landed on top and peered inside.  But none had the courage to enter.   This went on for thirty minutes or more.  They certainly seemed to recognize the box as their ‘home’.  A very enjoyable reunion for me.

I checked the nestbox for a new nest as soon as we got home.  There was none, and I’m bluebirds-051happy with that.  August nestings are really difficult here in Oklahoma due to the heat.  I reached my goal of 70 fledglings from our backyard box this season and that was satisfying.  Why not go for 100?

 

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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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5 Responses to Home again …

  1. Margaret says:

    What a thrill it must be for you to see all the juveniles back safely and ready for a good meal. What a gorgeous photo of them checking the nest box.

    On an unrelated matter, the figures surrounding the OK earthquakes and possible links to fracking are disturbing. Any thoughts?

    • lindell dillon says:

      It’s important to understand the difference between fracking and salt water injection. The earthquakes appear to be caused by the return of saltwater which is a by product that comes up with the crude. Much of it in this area is trucked into these injection wells from surrounding states. Hopefully our Corporation Commission will curb this to protect our property and our Oklahoma crude producers.

  2. lindell dillon says:

    One of the local tv stations showed a radar image of all the birds taking to the air when the quake hit just after 7:00 a.m. Pretty amazing. We have a cockatiel that never tries to escape her cage, so I leave the grate out of the bottom. But, every time we have an earthquake, she leaves her cage and flies around the house squawking her head off.

  3. Tim Wilson says:

    Good job Lindell. Good for the neighborhood. Saw a few in our back yard!

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