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I [heart] Davids · Birds


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Titmouse nest building

We bought this ball of wool and yarn last year, but it never got much attention from the birds. This year, however, I spied a titmouse taking full advantage of it!

Tricky Tricky!

We have a few squirrels that have gotten into our bird feeders.

Even though we have squirrel baffles on our poles, they’ve figured out a way to thwart us. First, they started jumping down from the gutter onto the poles, and then they learned how to jump from the porch railing onto the window screen onto the poles. *Sigh*

They’ve emptied our one “house-shaped” feeder so we keep it empty or filled with safflower, which fewer birds like.

Then they started feasting on peanuts from the peanut feeder.

squirrel 1

And most recently, they’ve figured out how to circumvent our fancy squirrel-proof feeder. See?
squirrel 2
Luckily, this problem is easily remedied.

If you’re a long-time reader, you might know that we have bluebird house in our back yard, complete with a little video camera inside it. We can watch the video feed on the TV inside the house. Read more about our setup here.

Well, this year we set the nest box out in the yard in February because we noticed the blue birds milling about the feeders. They started laying eggs last week and as of today there are already four eggs in the nest! Here we go again!

four eggs

Austin, Part 2

I like to jokingly refer to their place as “the Ark” becuase they have so many pets and other animals. Now that they have little Evan Almighty, it’s perfect!! They have a few indoor pets: three dogs and two cats. Nina and Fin are chihuahuas, while Grayson is this teeny little miniature of a regular dog. Seymour  is a total snugglepuss and ferocious player. Alabaster didn’t make it into the pictures somehow.


Grayson and Fin


The newest addition to their flock is, well, a flock. Five bantam chickens named Eleanor, Abigail, Chester, Teddy and Lucy. Chester and Teddy are roosters, and it’s still out for decision exactly what Abigail is. A prize for whomever can guess the naming convention for the chickens.

There are also seven baby chickens that Monica allowed to hatch. They’ll join the rest of the flock in a few weeks. The best part about these chickens (besides the incessant crowing) is their cute feathered feet – how adorable. We enjoyed a bunch of fresh Banty eggs while we were there – yum! I wonder if our covenants forbid raising chickens??

Abigail and Chester

Lucy laying an egg


Baby Chicken with feathery feet


Of the four birds in our last clutch of bluebird eggs, one bird did not fledge and died in the nest. Dave was a good man and got rid of it. Bit of a sad note to end the breeding season on, but the bluebirds did have 14 successful chicks, so that’s not too shabby.

Baby Bluebirds

They are getting bigger! We won’t be able to open up the nest box for very much longer. BlueBirds

Our bluebirds have had a third clutch of eggs!! Here are their four chicks. They are less than a week old and they are so ugly they’re cute. 🙂



Flown the coop!

They’re all gone. All five of the bluebird baby birdies fledged today. We saw three of them leave!

Here’s one planning his exit strategy.

Bluebird Update

These birdies are about ready to fly the coop! They are so big. They will be gone within two days, I’m quite sure.
Here’s all five of them, posing nicely for the photo.
They all want a bite to eat when momma bird shows up at the door.The dominant bird makes himself known. In this picture, he’s literally standing on top of the other four chicks.
And he continues to rule the roost!

Sorry I’ve been so lame about posting this second clutch of bluebirds. We haven’t been as good about feeding them, either. Ah well.

Anyway, here are some cute pictures and a video. I don’t really know how old they are, I haven’t been paying close enough attention. If someone wants, they can do the math for me. I’m not supposed to open the nest box after they’re 12 days old, and I think it’s close, but not sure. Judging by this guy’s athletic ability, I don’t think I’ll open the box again.

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