Our Bluebird Lost To A Hawk
by Donna Macauley
Mr. Bluebird feeding his newly fledged bluebirds
For over two years we have had a pair of bluebirds in our yard, all year long. They have built 6 nests and we have watched 17 baby bluebirds fledge in two years.
Mr. Blue was always at my window, sitting on my deck, singing in the trees, sitting on top of the birdhouse, feeding his mate and his babies.
Last Monday a hawk grabbed and killed Mr. Bluebird as he flew between the hawk and his mate.
I think he was trying to protect her. I saw this and have been devastated ever since.
I cry every day and I miss him so much. He was killed just 7 days after his latest nestlings hatched.
Now I watch his mate do the best she can trying to feed the three nestlings alone.
I am providing food for her every day as I've always done but she does not have Mr. Blue anymore helping her feed them.
Birding is a wonderful thing to behold, and having babies born and populate the Bluebird
species is a feeling of great joy.
But the sadness that has taken over has left me feeling empty.
I will never get the vision and sound out of my head when the hawk grabbed the Bluebird.
I hope one day another male shows up.
The picture I have added is one of Mr. Blue feeding the third family last summer.
I am happy for the experience but my story doesn't have a happy ending.
I pray the little babies make it.