Bluebird, House Hunting
It has been a very warm winter this year. Many birds that migrate south during winter had delayed their journey. I saw a Gray Catbird a few times this winter, trying to get some dried fruits from the feeder. I hope it survive the winter since it was a little late to travel south.
The flock of Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) and a pair Carolina Wren (Thryothrus ludovicianus) came to stay with us during the winter as usual. With them around, along with the resident birds like Northern Cardinal, Tufted titmouse, American Goldfinch, House Finch, and various types of woodpeckers and sparrows, makes winter much more bearable. Not much else this winter. I guess the warm weather makes it easier for them to get food on their own.
I was surprised to see a few Eastern Bluebirds (Sialia sialis) a few weeks ago. Five of them to be exact. They have checked one nest box after another. After a few days, only one pair of them decided to hang around. They still come and check on their favorite house every morning. I hope they build their nest before the Tree Swallows come back from down south. A pair of Tree Swallows have been raising their family in one of the nest boxes in the last couple of years. The younger generation seemed to like the house that the Bluebirds like. They perched and preened on the house everyday until they migrated. I don’t want to see a fight between my two favorites.
Our job now is to keep our eyes on the House Sparrows (Passer domesticus) to make sure that they won’t build a nest in the box or kick and poke on the Bluebird eggs. We declared war on them last year when they destroyed one of the Bluebird family nests. So far I’m not sure who’s winning. But I’m not giving up.