|One of the defending bluebirds|
There is another bird drama going on the other side of the yard in another nest box. This was the box where a successful brood of chickadees was raised earlier. However, that was also where another bird started to build a nest on top of the babies before they were gone. I removed the extra nest, and after the babies fledged, the new nest was built again. That one ended up with two chickadee eggs in it before the activity stopped for a week or so. Then this weekend, the nest was empty and I found one of the eggs intact on the ground. Now, I'm waiting for the next development.
And in the third box, the wren has started to build again. I removed the last nest before any eggs were laid because bees took up residence there . We'll see if this goes any more smoothly than what's going on in the other boxes.
Believe it or not, I did see a few other things this week besides birds. Here a few of them I found when I took a Second Look.
|Rozanne Geranium, Hosta, Pieris japonica|
|Ousted Chickadee egg|
|Left--female sparrow. Right--female bluebird. These pictures were taken with in a few seconds of each other during one of the fights over the nesting box.|
|Wren nest that is being rebuilt.|
|Gray Squirrel. The squirrels aren't paying attention to the bird wars. They're just happy to eat their food.|