My Lovely Bluebirds

HuntressOfLight

12 pointer
Nov 23, 2019
11,247
Guarding my lovely bluebirds
Bluebird Box Monitoring
Accomplished after noon

Box 2 - All remains well, nest is amazingly dry and mother bluebird was sitting, exiting when called.

Box 3 - much activity today. Smashed down nest with bird poop everywhere. Pulling all and cleaning it again tomorrow. Little doubt it's the sparrows again.
 

HuntressOfLight

12 pointer
Nov 23, 2019
11,247
Guarding my lovely bluebirds
Bluebirds just made a rare visit to the bath all the way up here, perching for a while in the backyard while preening, afterwards. They patiently awaited their turn, perched atop the blackberry canes, but as soon as one went for the water, it was challenged by my female red house finch.

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^... both bluebirds
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^... male bluebird vs female red house finch
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She was no match and quickly flew away. Wise decision.
 

HuntressOfLight

12 pointer
Nov 23, 2019
11,247
Guarding my lovely bluebirds
Just came in again, taking a quick dip and spying me trying to get closer for a clear shot, flying off before accomplished and escorted by the female. They had watched me change the water, while they preened from their first dip.
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HuntressOfLight

12 pointer
Nov 23, 2019
11,247
Guarding my lovely bluebirds
Hatched out in record time, twelve days if not sooner, due to heat.

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I spy four, hopefully the other simply beneath the cute little bare naked pile. Will check again once cooler this afternoon. Parent was a bit fussy; so, I was there/gone in a flash.
 

HuntressOfLight

12 pointer
Nov 23, 2019
11,247
Guarding my lovely bluebirds
Bluebird Box Monitoring
8:45AM


Box 2 - walked over early to check upon the baby blues:

1. being that I refrained giving a double-check yesterday for count, not wishing to further disturb them,

2. Wished to confirm the male was okay (saw only the female yesterday)

3. Had a suet block to hang close-by and wished to give them an early chance at it, before other birds became more active.
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The female began dive-bombing me, when I was only 5' away; therefore, I walked about 30' and hung the block, so that she might potentially realize all was well. She came in twice at me near the box, fussing-up a nonstop chattering storm, before I moved away to hang the suet. First time having been dive-bombed by either; she means business this time, great, but only came within a few feet of my head.

All remains well with the babies. A few popped their heads up, after feeling the vibration from opening the door. Couldn't manage a decent photo for count, being that I did not wish to linger, upsetting all. I didn't see the male come over to us, until after checking the box, and he was okay with all.
 
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HuntressOfLight

12 pointer
Nov 23, 2019
11,247
Guarding my lovely bluebirds
Bluebird Box Monitoring
11:30AM


Took a trusty knife in need of some TLC, as much as the deck after all the winter salt over to Box 2, further alarming the mother but necessary, with heat index of 102°F and rising.
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Before checking upon the baby blues, I began cutting out the clear caulk from the back of their box for additionally venting. It took a while, rather thick I put it in there not long ago. Fortunately beat the direct sun soon to be beating down upon them. May install umbrella after strong wind gusts subside. Will simply tape it from this point forward, whenever summer rains come along.
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Snapped a quick one before departure.
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HuntressOfLight

12 pointer
Nov 23, 2019
11,247
Guarding my lovely bluebirds
Bluebird Box Monitoring
3:00PM

Count 5
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Fair
95°F

Humidity49%
Wind SpeedVrbl 7 G 17 mph
Barometer29.90 in (1012.1 mb)
Dewpoint73°F (23°C)
Visibility10.00 mi
Heat Index105°F (41°C)
Last update13 Jun 1:53 pm CDT

Left their door wide open five minutes while close at hand.
 

HuntressOfLight

12 pointer
Nov 23, 2019
11,247
Guarding my lovely bluebirds
Lady Evil thought she might position her massive self close (50' and very low) from box 2. Mega birds alerted me all the way up here, as usual, causing yet another 50 yard dash around Bunnyville and down the hill toward the pond.

There she was, one of her favorite perches (directly above where I found the yellow feathers yesterday...), and off she flew across the street upon first sight of me. Done that a few times already today, usually begins quite early. She is hunting multiple times daily here lately and not the only raptor doing so, simply the most intimidating of all.

Directly prior, Mr. Bluebird had been doing fly-by stunts, working up the nerve to land beneath the umbrella. He finally did so and entered, just before these two passes, and I believe all was what had appealed to Lady Evil, drawing her into his general domain.

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Doubtful Mrs. has done so yet, being more high-strung. Will have to raise my umbrella, making it less intimidating (slid down through the two zippy ties, leaving less clearance).
 
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HuntressOfLight

12 pointer
Nov 23, 2019
11,247
Guarding my lovely bluebirds
Bluebird Box Monitoring
7:44AM


Two box visits already this morning, babies appear okay and fast asleep.
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Did spy two ants upon the exterior of box, causing me to check beneath the nest for more and thickly axle grease the bottom of support pole
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initial visit was to elevate shade umbrella (for a second time...)
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Never spied Mr. Bluebird, but the Mrs saw me coming from 50' out and went into action mode, before I had even rounded Tillville. Blessed out this morning once again, I have been. Interesting enough, my lovely female red house finch was practically stuck to her panicked side, calmly shadowing her every move and branch hopping along with her.
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Cannot locate the predator guard in which I intended to re-glue to the entrance (will search again once actually alert and less cranky, for it all)
 

HuntressOfLight

12 pointer
Nov 23, 2019
11,247
Guarding my lovely bluebirds
11:15AM - had to fix the umbrella once again... taped the living daylights out of it, this time... pulled the nest while at it, giving each baby a careful looksie for parasites etc. and permitting them a brief cool breeze. Cleaned them up a bit. All seem okay for now. One does seem a bit lethargic but may simply have been sound asleep, before disturbed. Will check again later, simply due to heat.
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HuntressOfLight

12 pointer
Nov 23, 2019
11,247
Guarding my lovely bluebirds
3:00PM
Propped their door open for 5-10 minutes again.
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Mr. Bluebird eventually flew in and removed the stick. Was barely in there; so, I do not know whether such was intentional. He flew in twice, 2 minute interval, after I returned to the deck and observed.
 

HuntressOfLight

12 pointer
Nov 23, 2019
11,247
Guarding my lovely bluebirds
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HuntressOfLight

12 pointer
Nov 23, 2019
11,247
Guarding my lovely bluebirds
Mrs. Bluebird flew into the backyard and perched above me,

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seeing what I was up to, before heading over to the side yard for a dip. She was probably wondering why she had not been pestered this morning. She was escorted by house finches. I noticed yesterday that the finches had formed a small family flock (perhaps four but maybe more) and read about all a bit.

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