birdwatching

Bird Nests: Bluebirds & Silk Soy Milk Box






This lovely couple are now on their 3rd clutch with 3 lovely blue eggs laid. Bluebirds usually finish up before the heat & rain really kicks in in July, this year it kindly started raining in early June. They even built on top of their last nest because I neglected to remove it (assuming they we finished for the season). Bluebirds take their fledglings away into the treetops and it is hard for me to figure out if a clutch survives or not.




Chickadees, Titmice & Wrens are more easily accountable since the fledglings hang around the yard near the feeders with their parents begging loudly for weeks. Here is a pic I took last year of a chickadee nest. This is a peace of artwork & you can't see the dog hair weaved inside the cup.




Carolina Wrens make many creative choices of nesting spots. This year, instead of a plain brown box we put up the first box we found that was a good size for the crazy wrens that next in our pole barn/carport. But my pic below is plain compared to these,

Check out the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Funky Nest Site Contest entries:



After living in South Florida for over 15 years, where hanging a feeder was pointless because even the Blue Jays wouldn't be able to get a seed before the feral parrots and doves devoured them all, I now live in a bird lover's heaven. In my humble one acre yard this year we had Tufted Titmice, Carolina Chickadees (2 clutches), Eastern Bluebirds (3), Carolina Wrens (2), & Purple Martins nest. Here in N. central FL, put out the boxes, and they will come! I've never been any good at finding cup nests in bushes and trees, even when I was being paid to but there must be some of them too...
And, I can't resist saying, it helps to keep your cats indoors, and to have a dog to occasionally run off the offending neighbor's cats. It is the most humane choice, and it's not just for the birds: http://www.abcbirds.org/abcprograms/policy/cats/index.html