Monday, April 19, 2021

Bluebird Nest Building

 Yesterday morning I did a check on the nesting boxes here at the Dallas Retirement Village. There seemed to be a lot of uncertainty as to who is going to use which nesting box.  House Sparrows have claimed one box that I was sure a pair of Violet-green Swallows were going to use.  At another location, House Sparrows were not following through with a nest they had started. Two more nesting boxes continue to not have any activity. And then, the nesting box at the Community Garden was a confusion of activity.  Two Violet-green Swallows appeared at the box, and suddenly the pair of Western Bluebirds that had been shown interest in the box, but not present, showed up and chased the offenders away. 

Bluebirds lay claim to the box

Later in the evening, Jeanette and I went back to the garden to just sit and spend some time to see what was going on.  We were rewarded with nest building activity by the female.

This is the first material she brought into the box.

This is the second piece she brought.

Oops, too wide!

Meanwhile, the male spent his time staring at the mirrored reflection of himself in the Village Apartments window.  


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