I haven’t reported on the bluebirds since September, so thought I would post an update. The adults still visit the nestbox daily in winter. I have some feeders in back and the birds seem to come to them in waves. When the bluebirds see a lot of other birds near their nestbox, they seem to show up. Just to make sure no one is trying to move in on their property.
Several times recently I’ve seen five bluebirds flying around over the reddirt hill out back. I can’t help but think it is the last brood of summer still following Mama and Daddy. Good to think all have survived in the wild this long. There are plenty of dangers around. A Cooper’s hawk has been doing daily flyovers along with the resident sharpshin. Photo of the Cooper’s on a hapless dove.
We have a couple of feeding stations set up in the Cross Timbers east of Norman and spend a lot of mornings out there enjoying winter birds that we don’t get here at the house. Check out the flickr album I’m keeping on winter birds https://www.flickr.com/photos/reddirtpics/albums/72157675247417882
We are heading to South Padre Island soon, so won’t report on the bluebirds until March when we return to Oklahoma.
Our beautiful world, pass it on.