Spring 2018

“There never was a happier or more devoted husband than the male bluebird. He is the gay champion and escort of the female at all times, and while she is sitting, he feeds her regularly.”   John Burroughs
bluebirds 057Welcome back bluebird lovers after a Winter of inactivity.  The bluebirds were in and out of the yard during Winter, but off somewhere else most of the time.  This past week they are in the yard a great deal of the time and showing interest in their box.  I replaced the weathered old box with a new one from Audubon.  Always important to get an approved bluebird box so that bigger birds like starlings can’t enter and one that has proper ventilation.  I like boxes that are a little thicker wood than the cheap ones, provides more insulation.

There is a Bewick’s wren and a couple of chickadees showing an interest in the box, but the bluebirds appear and promptly send them packing.  I’ve hung a little box in the shade bed outside our bedroom windows and the Bewick’s is showing interest in it.  Maybe I need to get another for the chickadees.

Yesterday Mama III carried around a piece of grass for some time, but didn’t attempt tobluebirds 039.jpg build a nest.  She started building last year on 11 March.  Won’t be long until the new bluebird season begins.  Unfortunately we will be gone for several weeks and I’ll miss reporting a lot on the first brood.  I’ve had a goal for a long time of putting a hundred new bluebirds on the red dirt hill.  We won’t reach it this year, but maybe next.  We are sitting on 86 and ten chicks in a year is about max from our site.

I have started an Instagram account, for nature pics and more follow me #lindelldillon

Our beautiful world, pass it on.

Total chicks fledged from this site is 86.

First brood 2018

  • First sign of nest building                                               10 March

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 and board member Norman Police Department Citizens Academy.
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7 Responses to Spring 2018

  1. Margaret says:

    What a wonderful surprise to see your bluebird blog in my inbox this morning. I look forward to drama-free reporting when you can.

  2. Juliana Michael says:

    Spring! I have heard phoebe the past several days calling for his mate! Thank you for sharing this joy filled experience!

    Juliana Baum-Michael Metro Brokers of Oklahoma mobile:405-409-3610 fax: 405-701-1716 julianammichael@gmail.com

    “Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time” Shirley Chisholm


    • lindell dillon says:

      The phoebe often bugs from trees in our back yard. Yesterday there were two and they were frenetically chasing one another.

  3. Alicia says:

    I am new to Hallbrooke and would love to meet you and pick your brain on how to make the backyard more bird friendly.. the kids and o saw soooo many cardinals this winter . Can’t wait to see what God sends this spring! We have nature books on birds , nature apps to help us with identification,etc

    • lindell dillon says:

      Sounds like you are off to a good start. We should get together. Plant as many native species as possible to have birds and other wildlife.

  4. Juneann Murphy says:

    Your pictures of the blue birds are beautiful. I am taking water color classes and would like to get your permission to paint female and male blue birds you have in this post. Thanks for enriching so many lives by sharing your photos.

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