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Eastern Bluebirds

English Bluebird pair on nest box

Another Article About Bluebirds

I started writing this week about our Eastern Bluebirds and thought that I had already written about my love of these remarkable birds. Darn if I wasn’t right. Not just one article either but heck, I do love watching them.

 

It seemed to me, and it might be because I am not working, that I notice them more, but we had so many bluebirds all Winter long. Silly me, I thought they flew South for the Winter. So I decided to go to my friend Google and found this excellent article from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources that explained just what I was seeing.

Bluebirds vs. Our Cat

I had wondered if it was because we went for a few years without a cat that they decided to make use of the bluebird houses my husband put up for them. I am concerned since our new kitten is now older and venturing out and about while honing up his stalking skills. So far, he has proudly brought to our door a baby bunny and a cardinal. Both were not hurt (he thought they were new toys) and were able to get away. However, for now, the bluebirds seem to be here to stay.

Bluebirds vs. English Sparrows

Now that Spring is here, they are in a mighty war with those English Sparrows, and each tries to make their nests. But I think the bluebirds are winning.  This morning, I saw the fattest bluebird yet. He was gorgeous, sitting on our propane tank all puffed up. He reminded me of the photographs you see of bluebirds that I never seem to be able to take.

 

What are your favorite backyard birds? Are you like my husband and check for eggs in the nests?

Earth Day ~ Every Day

Earth Day is this week, but if we do simple things in our lives like putting up birdhouses and planting trees, we can make every day Earth Day.

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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