While the horses are away, the bluebirds will play.

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A lot of juvenile bluebirds were flying back and forth between a tree and the arena fence at Bent Tree’s Saddle Club Horse Park yesterday evening.  They were moving fast, but I was able to get a couple of quick snapshots of a few of the birds.

August 31, 2017 - some of the young bluebirds at Bent Tree's Saddle Club Horse Park

August 31, 2017 – some of the young bluebirds at Bent Tree’s Saddle Club Horse Park

The Eyes Have It

Saturday evening, I was taking pictures of a hawk while it was watching smaller birds flying around nearby.  I kept getting closer until it turned its head and started watching me instead of watching the other birds.  When it gave me “the look”, I took it to mean that I was too close for comfort and the photo session was over.  Click the photo to zoom:July 8, 2017 - Hawk in Bent Tree

July 8, 2017 – Hawk in Bent Tree

A Little Bird Told Me…

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…that there is a Lake & Wildlife Partner meeting this morning at 9:30 (at Club Tamarack).

The scheduled program is “Birds and Birdbaths”; all Bent Tree property owners and residents are welcome to attend.  The photos below are just some of the bird pictures I’ve taken in Bent Tree over the last few years.  It’s a  wildlife watcher’s paradise here.

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Home Improvement

The Bluebird Benefactors were busy over the winter. You may recall from earlier posts that two people took it upon themselves to maintain the twenty-something bluebird boxes around the Bent Tree golf course (and a few others around the community). Many of the old boxes were rotted out. So, over the winter, the couple built, stained, and installed new ones (see photos below). Some of the old deeper boxes were still in decent shape, but did not seem to attract bluebirds as well as the shallower ones. To remedy that situation, the couple placed pieces of 2x4s in the bottom of the deep boxes to make them shallow enough for the nesting birds. So far, so good. The BBs keep a diligent watch over the boxes for signs of predators, and clean/repair the boxes when necessary.

Note – if you’d like to read previous posts about the boxes, enter “benefactors” in the search box at the top of the page.

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