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Category Archives: Eastern Bluebird

They have been hanging around but have not engaged in any serious nesting activity.

Easter

Yesterday we saw our first Bluebirds this spring.

Eastern Bluebird on Sumac

 

Eastern Bluebird on Sumac

Today my wife saw the first Eastern Bluebird. This is the first of the summer birds to return to the farm. Can’t wait to get some photos.

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

 

On April 22 I put out my Eastern Bluebird houses for the year and the following day I had bluebirds checking them out.

Eastern Bluebird male

In a typical summer I take hundreds of photos of Eastern Bluebirds. This year this is my lone photo and it was taken just before they headed south. Normally I photograph them building their nests and feeding their young but this year I was out of town when this happened. I also typically put up a birdhouse next to the house where they can raise their second brood. Unfortunately they didn’t nest in the house this year so I was left with one photo.

We were leaving for a three week vacation but before we left we stopped out at Hoffman Hills to check to see if the Canada Geese had hatched. The nest was empty but it looked like one of the goslings had not survived. The remaining goslings were paddling around the pond.

The Eastern Bluebirds and the Tree Swallows were battling it out for housing.

The trees wee starting to leaf out.

My wife and I made our first visit to Hoffman Hills since returning from vacation. We were curious to see if the Canada Geese had nested at the ponds again this year. We were happy to see one pair had nested on the first pond. Normally they nest on a small island in the middle of the pond but the last few years the water has been so high that they have been nesting on shore. One was on the nest and the other staged nearby watching as we approached.

On the second pond we didn’t find any birds but there were quite a few Painted Turtles sunning themselves. Normally when we approach they slip into the water but this time they just continued to hang out and ignored us.

After walking around the ponds we headed out into the Prairie area to check on the birds. We wanted to see if the Tree Swallows and Easter Bluebirds were nesting yet. The bluebirds were sitting on one of the bird houses and several pair of Tree Swallows were dive bombing them. The male stayed off to the side but the female maintained here position on the house to protect it from the swallows.

There were a few flowers out. The Marsh Marigolds were out around the first pond and the Prairie Smoke was just starting to come out in the Prairie area.

 

 

The first part of April the first Eastern Bluebirds returned for the summer. They have been searching for housing in the area.

Eastern Bluebird

They were followed by the Tree Swallows. The battle for nesting spots has begun.

Tree Swallow

The Chipping Sparrows have been frequenting my feeders.

Chipping Sparrow

The song Sparrows are back and singing up a storm.

Song Sparrow

White-throated Sparrows can be found at the Feeders.

White-throated Sparrow

The Dark-eyed Junco is a winter bird but a few of them are still hanging around. I expect they will all be gone in the next few weeks.

Dark-eyed Junco

 

Odds and ends photographs from the farm.

Monarch Caterpillar and Friend

Monarch Caterpillar and Friend

Milkweed Leaf

Milkweed Leaf

Baltimore Oriole Fledgling

Baltimore Oriole Fledgling

House Fly

House Fly

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

This summer I’ve had some Eastern Bluebird Fledglings hanging around the farm. Usually they hang around for a week but this summer they have been around for over three weeks.

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