Bluebirds can leave you scratching your head from day to day, wondering what their plans are for that empty nest box.
The male patiently waited for her to finish, and then, poof, they were gone, the nest box serving as nothing more than a perch in route to the feeder.
Links and resources:
For stories and images of last season's nesting bluebirds, visit: Bluebird Family. And for more on Carolina chickadees visit my chickadee posts.
Also please visit my new book: Red-shouldered Hawk Territory, A sketchbook journey through nesting season. The book will be ready for shipping by April 12th and contains my sketches, field notes and the stories and photos that unfolded during four-months of observing a nesting pair of red-shouldered hawks. You can visit some of those stories and images on this blog by clicking: Red-shouldered hawks. Scroll to the bottom to read earliest posts first.
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Eastern Bluebirds--Landlord or Local Diner?
Posted by Vickie at 12:01 PM
Labels: Carolina chickadee, Eastern Bluebird, nest boxes, nest building, spring
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For the Love of It...
...the sage sees heaven reflected in Nature as in a mirror, and he pursues this Art, not for the sake of gold or silver, but for the love of the knowledge which it reveals.
Feed them and they shall come Vickie. I am wondering if the mealworms are too close to the nest box, would they desire that...having the possibility of so many visitors stopping by in such a close proximity... If they already had a nest elsewhere, they would not both feeding together and that is encouraging...here is hoping it all gets sorted out very soon. Yes, those Chickadees do make a lovely nest bed~ReplyDelete
Thanks for this comment. Interestingly enough, the activity at the mealworm feeders is very peaceful. Because the guard keeps out larger birds and smaller birds are protecting nesting territories, only a pair of Carolina wrens, a pair of tufted titmice and the bluebird pair visit the feeder this time of year. The wrens and titmice readily defer to the presence of the bluebirds.
Chickadee babies are the cutest things! They used to take over my bluebird boxes. Maybe your bluebirds are just being picky or are not ready to settle down just yet.ReplyDelete