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.
Continuing with the bird theme this week…The bluebirds were flying around like crazy again at the dam last Sunday. It was a chilly, but sunny morning, and they were zipping across the road, landing on rocks, the pavement, the valve operator, the purple martin houses (a new house recently appeared, so now there are two), signs, everything. While I was trying to take pictures of the bluebirds, a heron flew by and got in a couple of pictures. Click here for a similar post back in October.
Click thumbnails for larger images. The last picture is my favorite.
A couple of days ago, there were two flickers and three robins digging around in the yard. One of the flickers kept digging in the same spot for about 15 minutes (see photos below). The other flicker, and one of the robins, are shown in the photo above.
On New Year’s Day, I had just focused my camera on a downy woodpecker and snapped two quick shots, when a pileated woodpecker gave its jungle cry, swooped into the picture, and chased away the downy. The following three pictures were taken within seconds of each other.
The following pictures were taken on December 1st. There were five turkey buzzards (vultures), a hawk, and a crow. Together, they were causing quite a ruckus. Appropriately, they were hanging around the designated “Bird Habitat Area”.