Category: Wild Birds

I Love This

Last month, an Eastern Bluebird couple nested in a box on the north fence line (#13), but within a couple of days of hatching, the chicks were killed by House Wrens which then built their own nest on top of the Bluebirds’ nest. It… Continue Reading “I Love This”

Isn’t Life Splendid?

The Bluebird couple that is raising a brood on the East fence – south box (#15) was busy today. Their chicks are really developing, and the bugs they are taking to them are getting substantial in size. This first set of photos is the… Continue Reading “Isn’t Life Splendid?”

There’s A King In The Meadow!

The Eastern Kingbird is one of my favorite birds. It has a noble name and I happen to believe it behaves in quite a stately manner, which supports that royal moniker. It’s a fairly large bird. That means that my old, reduced-vision eyes can… Continue Reading “There’s A King In The Meadow!”

Hummer Frenzy

The weather shifted, rain arrived and the temperature dropped by at least fifteen degrees in a matter of hours. If you are a hummingbird, that’s a big deal. These little birds need to take in a lot of energy because they use a lot… Continue Reading “Hummer Frenzy”


Last week I posted about nest site displacement of Bluebirds by House Wrens in a post called Straw vs. Sticks. I included photos of the Bluebird couple that had been attempting to solidify ownership of box # 16 at the entrance to Sham’s Paddock.… Continue Reading “Surprise!”


I’m not certain how commonplace it is to shoot a photo of the Common Yellowthroat, but I certainly didn’t find it uncomplicated. I first learned that this tiny bird existed on our property just a couple of weeks ago. I saw a glint of… Continue Reading “Commonplace?”

Straw vs. Sticks

This isn’t a story of the three little pigs. Rather, this is the saga of the House Wrens versus the Bluebirds. It’s a somewhat sad story. For that reason, I want to make something clear. Although I was a scientist for twenty years (working… Continue Reading “Straw vs. Sticks”

What’s For Dinner? What!?

I’m happy to report that the Eastern Bluebird couple that has nested in Matt’s box (front yard near the young fruit trees) has been taking food to their new chicks for about ten days. On 7/11/20 I posted a photo of the female standing… Continue Reading “What’s For Dinner? What!?”

I Can’t Refuse Sharing this

On my way back to the house this afternoon, I saw this incredible bird in the tall grass near the entrance to the yard.

The Blue Grosbeak

For a few days I have been observing a female Blue Grosbeak in nearly the same location every afternoon. At first, I was only able to snap a very grainy photo, but it was sufficient to recognize her extremely large bill. After getting a… Continue Reading “The Blue Grosbeak”