And if you know me even better, you might think I'm taking about the B.B. King kind. Well, I DO have those blues and listen to The Blues a lot. My kind of music when I want to be mellow.
But, you only have to know me a little to know that I must be talking about the BLUES...The Birdy Blues..my beloved blue birds. Yes, of course they are back!! Actually, I was pretty surprised to find that they were here most of the winter.
This is actually a picture taken in the late winter.
I noticed a male at my feeder stand. I didn't have any worms out, but put some out that day. I think we had a couple of different pairs visiting.
At least two pairs visited the nesting boxes and there was a little territorial drama for a few days.
Here is one of the males scoping out a nest box. The new owners of our local Birds Unlimited suggested putting the boxes on the side of our house to protect the Blues from predators. I wasn't too sure I wanted to do that, but the safety of it did make sense so we tried it. Of all our boxes, the one on the house was the box they fought over. I did watch in horror one day when a female English Sparrow actually flew up to the house and tried to drag the female Blue out. I can't tell you how MAD we were. I don't know how the birds resolved the issue..but our sparrow traps are up and ready when we are home.
These are a few pics that I took as we patiently waited for the eggs to hatch. When that day finally arrived..I think it was a week ago Thursday..I was lucky to be home and watch the baby blues come out.
I was looking out the kitchen window and some small movement along the fence caught my eye. Then I noticed a baby blue sitting on the Trumpet Vine....he did not move an inch!! The mother would fly to him and still he clung to that vine. I just couldn't leave to get my camera. I was sure there were more babies and I didn't want to miss a thing. Pretty soon I watched a little head pop out of the house, pop back in, then a baby got up as if to fly and popped back down. This went on for quite a little while. Then...I swear this is true...the mother flew over to the house and put her head in the door and I got the distinct impression that she was giving those babies what for because pretty soon they both came out and flew up to the tree. The bird baby was still clinging to that vine. I watched him attempt to fly and went over the fence to the ground. OMGosh, the neighbor's dog was out and here she came. I hurried outside thinking I could check on the baby but the mother and father went into defense mode. I looked up to see a Parent Blue diving for my head. I said OK, OK I'm going in...I'd NEVER hurt your babies.
So we waited because we knew pretty soon those babies would be at the feeder with there parents. At least I could count them and know if the first baby made it. From past experience I knew that would probably be in about a week. We waited and watched. Kept a supply of worms in the new feeder I bought that deters Starlings from reaching the worms.
Then, about a week went by. I watched as a parent got a worm and flew into the tree.
Here is a closer look at the new feed we got. It is perfect at keeping Starlings out because the holes on the sides are too high for their heads to reach in and get worms. The is also room for the Blues to go in over the plexi sides. Its also made from recycled material and will not rot and washes nicely. We worth the money if you want to attract Blues.