I have Eastern Bluebirds on the farm every summer but it’s not often I’m able to get a lot of great shots. In fact, 2012 was the last summer when I was able to photograph them building their nest. That year the nested in an appropriate house, one where I could easily get some photos, early in the spring.
This year they picked out the same house but were pushed out when the Tree Swallows arrived and took the house next to it. They selected another house for their first clutch. I was able to get some photos of them around the bird bath. It seems they like a good bath after a long period on the nest.
In late June I notice they were once again looking at the same house they abandoned in the spring. It seemed a little strange because The Tree Swallows were still in the next house raising their young. The swallows and bluebirds seemed to get along fine.
After about a week I decided they must be nesting so I setup my blind out in the yard and then waited for a few days to see it the blind disturbed the bluebirds. It didn’t so early in the morning I setup in the blind to see I could get a few shots.
The female did most of the work while the male seemed to be standing guard and following her when she went to the garden for nesting material. I had a pile of dried grass in the garden which made it easy for her to gather material.
While raising the second clutch the adults frequented the bird bath putting on quite a show. This one made several visits to the bath and then perched while preening.