Good Year For Bluebirds

Starting Their Second Brood I think the Bluebirds are getting more comfortable with our garden now.  They no longer leave us during winter.  We provide roosting boxes, food and water in heated birdbaths when nothing much is around in winter and we help with guarding their nesting box during their breeding season.  Since they have become our resident birds, they have started their nesting early. … Continue reading Good Year For Bluebirds

House Bound

And Enjoying Bird Watching Snow is still on the ground, a residue of the snowfall a few days ago.  It’s very peaceful watching snow falling and the quietness afterward as the snow absorbs sound pretty well.  Though it was too cold to go outside, a joyful moment was still there. We hang bird feeders along the patio roof during winter which makes it  much easier … Continue reading House Bound

Rescue Mission

Saving A Mourning Dove I admit I’ve never really liked Mourning Doves.  They take over the tray feeders, sitting in the middle and keeping others out.  They sit in the birdbaths and enjoy the water while fouling it.  They won’t leave until they are done or until I chase them off and they don’t sing.  Their worst offense is eating my vegetable seedlings or just sitting … Continue reading Rescue Mission

New Visitor

Finally Caught on Camera Every year we look for new lives visiting our garden and nature has never stopped surprising us.  I still remember when I saw my first Downy woodpecker in the garden years ago when the yard was still barren, just green lawn and trees.  I was so excited to see the woodpecker, a rare occasion back then. After a decade of organic gardening and … Continue reading New Visitor

Second Family

A Greeter I’m not sure if they trust us or the remnants of the old Gray Catbird’s nest was too good a spot to pass up.  An American Robin family has built a nest in the Rhododendron to the right of our front door.  There was a Gray Catbird nest there last year and some old nest material still hung from the branches.  We can see the female sitting in … Continue reading Second Family

Sound of Dawn

Morning Chorus As I posted in the last blog;  birds sing loudly at this time of year. During the very early morning hours when the sun has not yet risen and everything is still in semi darkness, the birds will start to sing.  Early birds sing before they get the worm.  It’s almost like they announce that a new day is coming up on the … Continue reading Sound of Dawn

And the Orchestra Resumes

The Loudest Performance Of The Year It’s still a little cold out, not freezing though close enough.   But it’s warm enough for birds to migrate back to this area.  The ones that take residence year round and group together for winter survival start to de-group now.  They all sing to make their territory known, and to attract females.  This time of year they usually sing at their loudest. … Continue reading And the Orchestra Resumes

Tree Swallows

Back From The South We were glad to see our old friends who flew back from the South, the Tree Swallows (Tachycineta bicolor).  It’s fun to watch them chirping while gliding around at high speed.  This spring one of their usual nest boxes was taken first by an Eastern Bluebird family (previous post) which had already produced four beautiful eggs.  One of the Swallows poked its head in the house … Continue reading Tree Swallows