I have bluebird houses in several spots on my 5 acres.
But, to my surprise, they chose this Texas cedar house that I had just hung, which was great, since I can see it from my kitchen garden window. I've seen bird nests before, but none so diligently guarded.
We have starlings this year and many, many other birds, but that didn't deter them. I could not contain my excitement.
I had seen one couple each year for the previous 2 years, but they came and went.
I carefully watched their behavior and marked my calendar for specific events. The first was a blue egg shell below the bird house; then the male regularly arriving with food.
Then, one chick appeared at the house opening with widely opened mouth when it saw the flash from my cell phone camera.
I knew the 'first flight' would happen this weekend and I was able to see the entire event.
The chick landed very low on an oak tree and I was thrilled to see the male and female swooping back and forth above it, either trying to teach it to fly or trying to scare other birds away.
Today, one day later, it appears like they are re-nesting in the same box...no time to clean it.
I even saw the young bird at the box once. The pictures chronicle the wonderful event.
This was our first year of putting up a bluebird box. We attached it to the side of our backyard shed facing southeast.
Within one week of putting it up a pair began making it their home.
I kept a calendar of the days mama bird was taking nesting sticks, etc. into the box. I marked when she began sitting on the eggs.
It was a lot of fun watching both parents go back and forth feeding the young. We put up a bluebird feeder filling it with dehydrated mealworms and sprinkled them on the ground.
Both parents feasted on the worms and began taking mouthfuls to the babies.
They fledged the nest yesterday so I will miss watching them a lot but I feel the parents have the babies close by because they have returned to the feeder several times today.
Maybe soon they will be bringing the little ones to the feeder and showing them where to get food easily.
We hope to have another brood soon since I have read they have up to three broods a year. If not another brood this year then at least next summer maybe they will return. It has been a real joy to study and watch them.