Looking for Mr. Bluebird

One of the birds I’ve missed seeing for my County bird list is European Bluebird so yesterday morning, I took the dog for a Saturday morning bird walk at the North Branch Nature Center.  I knew that they had been seeing a couple there but I’d missed them each visit.  This time, I saw one before I even got the truck parked.

A male bluebird was staking out a nesting box but being hassled by Tree Swallows.  I watched a dozen swallows chasing each other, harassing the bluebird — just doing their thing.  Now the center has a “leash your dog” policy and since I’m a board member, I adhere to that — so the first thing I did was to hitch Penny’s leash to my belt.  Nothing like having a 60 pound lunger, explorer tied to you while trying to focus on birds.  Even more challenging taking photos but I got a few.

 Tree Swallows were competing big time for the nesting boxes.

Tree Swallows were competing big time for the nesting boxes.

Here a male bluebird watches while a swallow races by.

Here a male bluebird watches while a swallow races by.

Meanwhile, Mrs Bluebird was watching it all far away in the community garden.

Meanwhile, Mrs Bluebird was watching it all far away in the community garden.

Penny and I had a good outing, hearing and seeing a number of birds.  It was a certain amount of tangled leash, stopping to sniff clumps of grass (her, not me), but a beautiful morning to be out.  Toward the end of the walk, I heard and then saw a Ruby-crowned Kinglet working it’s way around some leafless trees.  I had never heard, knowingly, the wonderful vocalization these tiny guys and gals have.  Here’s a photo I took as it landed or departed — you’ll have to take my word that it’s a kinglet.

A Ruby-crowned Kinglet comes in for a landing.

A Ruby-crowned Kinglet comes in for a landing.

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One Response to Looking for Mr. Bluebird

  1. Dana Basiliere says:

    Hello,
    We have problems up here with swallows taking all the boxes. I understand that if you put two boxes close together the swallows will not take both as they are territorial thus leaving one for out blue buddies. DanaB

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