Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Bluebirds ? ?

 Yesterday evening when I pulled in the driveway in the VW as it was getting dark I looked up to the right at the corner of the house and noticed a gray spot on the lower end of the freeze board where it meets the gable end soffit return .  Hmmmm ?  Do I have some rot going on there ?


 Jumped up on the basement dog-house to get a closer look , and as soon as I had my head level with cap on the return , a gray flutter flew past my face . Startled me a bit but I guess that why we call those returns " Bird Coops " .

 Could not figure out what kind of bird it was , so later I poked my head out the upstairs window and spotted one very cold looking female Bluebird bedded down on the lead flashing of the cap .  Given the pile of droppings it was evident it has been making it home for some time . Checked the other " bird coops " on the house and there were as much droppings there too . Annie mentioned she had seen a pair hanging around the front of the house lately . . .

. . .  so I checked the soffit return on the front foyer and sure enough there was the male of the pair .

Given that it was rather cold outside we were baffled as to how they were still hanging around here and had not headed south with the rest of their kind . That there is about eighteen below zero Celsius for yous confounded metric canukiestanians .

So this afternoon I cut some one-by wooden triangles , added a front fence and wrapped all sides with Reflectex bubble foil wrap . . .

. . . and filled them with wood shavings inside . Put three of these up . Book says Bluebirds do use birdhouses so we shall see if this meets their approval .


6 comments:

  1. You are a good and kind hearted man Mike. Do you provide seed and suet? A peanut butter and fat suet would help them survive winter as well as water. Ya kinda took responsibility for these stragglers...

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    1. Hey Kevin: In seventeen years here we have only seen bluebirds a couple times in the past. So they are fairly rare around here. I put seed out for the birds but reading up on bluebirds it seems they are classified as part of the robin family and are not really seed eaters. They eat fruits and worms so I am not sure what they are feeding on at this point. I have put suet up in the past and the birds we have here don't seem to care for it. 25 miles up the road at mom's, they wolf the stuff up. Popped my head out the upstairs window last night and no one was in the bird boxes so it may have all been a exercise in futility. Oh well !

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  2. I still get bluebirds and cardinals here at my feeder in the Frozen Tundra of Wisconsin. Maybe they don't migrate?

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    1. They were never that common here in coastal southern Maine. But reported sightings have increased. Apparently they are expanding their territory northwards. This pair has not returned since I put the boxes up.

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    1. Unfortunately they did not like it and did not bed down in them. They are around and holing up in some old woodpecker holes in the maple tree in the front yard. More pix to follow soon.

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