Thursday, February 26, 2009

SkyWatch: Bluebird Skies



There is little doubt that the clear blue winter skies encouraged the Eastern Bluebirds to begin spring house cleaning.

I first thought that the bluebirds were building nest but after observing them for a little while I learned quite the opposite for they were arriving at the nest with nothing and departing carrying nesting debris.

Earlier this week I posted photographs of the pair sitting in the bird box opening. One commenter (anonymous) mentioned the entrance hole appeared large for a standard bluebird box. The comment was spot on, the box they are using is constructed for much larger birds however the bluebirds have lain claim. I plan to continue checking on it occasionally to see if they can keep possession throughout the nesting season.

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18 comments:

Louise said...

This is just beautiful! What a terrific photo!

Kallen305 said...

Now those are my kind of skies! I love blue birds and the one you have in your sky photo is adorable!

Champ Townboy said...

Perfect shot! Love it.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

I think they are feeling the warmer weather on the way Coy, so spring cleaning is in order. I love to spend many hours in the bush observing what all these creatures do. It is fascinating.

Bird Girl said...

I love this picture! Really beautiful male!

Larry D said...

Wonderful photo of the Bluebird, Ive noticed them doing the same at one of our boxes as well here lately.

Shellmo said...

At the bird store - you can purchase a "bird guard" (i can't think of the name of it right now) - but it's a tube that makes a smaller entrance and you attach it to the front of the existing hole - and it will prevent the squirrels and larger birds from raiding their nest. Lovely photo!!

Robert V. Sobczak said...

That's a good looking bird. It'll be fun to track as the branches fill in too with spring.

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful bird and beautiful sky and they do match! What a terrific shot! thanks for sharing!

Kekiinani said...

This is a wonderful shot. Just brings a smile to my face. :) :) I love it. I thought it was building a nest until I read your post. How interesting. I never thought birdie spring cleaning before. :) :)

bookbabie said...

He's so sweet, his little head matches the lovely blue sky:)

imac said...

What a wonderful capture Salty.

photowannabe said...

Interesting. I didn't know they did spring house cleaning.

Chris said...

A wonderful cpature of a very majestic bird. Congrats...

Adrienne in Ohio said...

When we moved to our current home, I left behind two bluebird boxes because a pair of bluebirds had claimed one, and a pair of swallows claimed the other. I'm thinking it's about time I installed one here. Thanks for sharing this photo. Happy SWF!

Christina said...

What a great photo ~ the blue bird against the beautiful blue sky!!!

Leedra said...

It is nice to see them visiting the houses. Great photo.

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Arija said...

A sure sign of spring!