“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
Welcome 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 to 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.
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Our beautiful world, pass it on.
Total chicks fledged from this site is 86.
First brood 2018
- First sign of nest building 10 March