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House Hunters (2016)

Mar 16, 2016 | birds & bears | 3 comments

You know all that work we did to make a new home for the bluebirds? The one that’s as snake-safe as we can make it, and that (now) has its own built-in sun shield, thanks to my handy husband? The bluebirds have checked on it day after day after nearly-spring day, this being their third nesting season with us on Bickley’s Pond.

 

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I’m liking this new addition.

 

Then out of the blue (so to speak), this happened.

 

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You looking at me?

 

A sweet chickadee couple got to building the cutest little tiny moss green nest in the bluebird box. Which created a real dilemma for me. I mean, what’s not to love about a chickadee!

 

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They are so good-natured!

 

So we rushed to put up another birdhouse, one with a tiny opening and a smaller nest cavity in the ridiculous hope they might abandon the bluebird house and move on over.

You simply can’t believe this. They did!

 

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This is more our style.

 

Now we’re just curious to see what the bluebirds do. My beloveds  seem both 1) a little late building, and 2) not too worried their house was temporarily claimed. I mean, they have visited each afternoon but through the entire ordeal have never shown any aggressive behavior toward the sweet chicks–even when there was a mossy nest being built in their living room.

 

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Well that’s curious. It seems to now be empty.

 

So we wait. And watch. And hope. Which now that I think of it seems to be the story of my life when it comes to this precious bluebird couple!

Happy spring,

XXOO

 

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3 Comments

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    I had no idea that chickadees were so accommodating. Perhaps they felt the new nest was an upgrade. Now the waiting begins. So happy that I get to spend next week waiting with you!

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    Love this story, Cathy. How brilliant of you to provide an alternative for the chickadees. I have had a small bird of indeterminate species wintering over in a birdhouse on my front porch, so I am curious to see what happens next. I’m not sure if there is a couple in there or maybe just a cranky old bachelor.

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      I hope you will keep us informed. How wonderful to have a winter guest! And so I am most interested to see how it works out. So nice to have you here, Wiley!

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