Friday, May 4, 2012

2012 Bird Broods II



Well, we have another 5 bluebird eggs for the 2012 season. I had cleaned out the nest after a successful fledge of 5 babies from brood #1. Mom and dad returned about 2 weeks later to start on new construction in the box.

This week I saw Lovey and Dovey doves back sitting on their nest in the front oak…the same nest…so I guess doves don't require change.

Mockingbirds have been busy building…they built a third nest in the neighbor's oak and I found a nest in a one of my Wax Myrtles but they still haven't used it. Odd bunch they are. Apparently the males begin to build in a couple of locations and the females pick one and finish it off. Neighbor on the other side reported that he found a dead bird and the nest had been picked clean of eggs.

There is a single purple martin that comes every day and does aerial stunts checking out the martin house, but I really think he is just teasing me and has no intention of moving in.

I hear the nuthatches high in the pines, but since the killing at the last nest site, they haven't even stopped by that snag again…and for the past two years they spent most of their time there. I miss seeing them. Which got me to thinking…my snags are starting to crumble so I need to place an order for a lightning strike. A dead tree is vital to wonderful wildlife observations.

3 comments:

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

It looks like the bluebirds may have started a nest in a different box...sparrows in another box and the swallows are out of luck...hoping wrens return soon and take their special box...so many birds feasting in the garden these days...

Cindy said...

Great post..wrens do the same thing..make nests to entice the female..she rejected three last year.. Birdies are around but no nests in boxes :-( I'll have to live vicariously.. Love the comment about the dead tree, so true!

Rambling Woods said...

I love the blue birds..actually all birds..I can't keep the starlings out of our wood duck nesting box long enough for wood ducks to use it....Michelle

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