Archive for the ‘Bird House’ Category

Checking out the Accommodations

Bluebirds are back and looking for nest boxes to build their nests.  Its been a couple of years since I had a pair make one of my bluebird houses home.  The lack of a Bluebird nest could be caused by the House Sparrows that compete for the same space – despite my efforts to clear […]

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New Year’s Resolutions for Birding at Home

At this time of year many of us consider our resolutions for the new year.  I decided to use some of my key lessons from last year to identify resolutions for this year.  If you look in the archive you can find the entries that inspired these 2013 New Year Resolutions. 1. Learn more songs […]

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Early bird gets the mealworm

Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day!  This type of day really brings out the color of the backyard birds that I am so privileged to observe.  My husband and I have noticed that the finches are beginning to change from their winter greenish color to their spring yellow.  Another sign that spring is right around […]

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On my way to work….

The shorter days and the longer hours at work have prevented me from viewing my backyard birds.  One bright sunny morning on my way to work, not far from home, I passed a home with a sprawling front yard.  In the yard near the road was a birdhouse and on that birdhouse was a beautiful […]

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Hard Frost and Bluebirds

Last night we had the first frost of the season.  Before going to bed,  I covered the mums that I planted a week ago to give them a little more time for their roots to take hold.  I also brought in the two hanging plants, my basil and geraniums.  The stars were brilliant in the […]

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Moving day!

What a beautiful late October day!  Sunny and in the mid-50’s makes for great gardening weather.  It also makes for great backyard birding.  Hundreds of Canada Geese flew overhead in various “v” formations barking out encouragement to those leading the way.  I’m always curious why they seem to be heading in a different direction other […]

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Bird Tweet

Time to give those bird feeders a good cleaning before the winter.  I used Dawn dish detergent and a small amount of bleach to clean all of my feeders.  I had to take them apart and using different brushes to remove dirt and grim in difficult to reach places.  The bird bath also was cleaned […]

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Too few Bluebirds and too many House Sparrows

It was a beautiful, sunny Saturday morning and I was sitting on the back porch giving my feeders a thorough cleaning before the winter.   I was focused on getting some mold out of a difficult to reach spot when I heard a sound that I haven’t heard in a long time, the soft, sweet […]

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Nest Invasion

My birder mentor said it would happen one day, and today it did, a House Sparrow killed the Bluebird nestlings in my Bluebird house!  It was about 2:00 pm when I noticed a male sparrow at the entrance of the Bluebird house, I couldn’t believe it!  I jumped out of my seat and ran to […]

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Three eggs!

The Bluebirds now have three eggs in their nest in my Bluebird house.  This is very exciting!  Based on the deep design of the nest, three eggs appears to be the capacity of the nest.  I don’t believe the female will lay another egg.  Three or four eggs is the norm for most Bluebirds.  The […]

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