Mid-winter report

thunderbird-005I 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.

Cooper's hawk

We have a couple of feeding stations set up in the Cross Timbers east of Norman and coffee-with-a-cop-005spend 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.

 

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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 Mid-winter report

  1. Tim Wilson says:

    Very Good. Need to go to Cross Timbers with you sometime. Let me know.

  2. Margaret says:

    Thanks for the update. I have been wondering, then realised it’s winter. Checked your images on flickr. Beautiful birds. The Golden-crowned Kinglet is stunning.

  3. Kathy Thompson says:

    Hi, Lindell. It’s been along time! I have been following your posts since I found your blog. Clinton and I are taking the Master Naturalist classes. My sister completed the program in Texas, and she got me interested. If you go to the Birding Center on South Padre Island, she works there in the gift shop, and also volunteers. Her name is Linda Poovey. Looks like you are enjoying retirement. We bought a small travel trailer last year, and have been on a few trips.

    Enjoy Texas!

  4. Jim says:

    Have been following for some time. Appreciate your sharing with others, your blog helped me determine what is ‘normal’ nesting cycle for central OK, and other good info. Live in Mustang on postage stamp city lot but have had bluebirds nesting for years in my box. Trap house sparrows, use spooker, and keep a close eye. Only loss was to cowbirds. Female bluebird put finishing touches on nest today. Keep up the good blog.

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