Nest in neighbor’s yard

Mockingbird eggMy neighbor welcomed me home from vacation and then showed me a nest in a tree in her yard. I was uncertain of the kind of bird that might have made it though I suspect it was made by mockingbirds as we have several around and they had built nests in our grape arbor before the bluebird box was set up. At the time the nest was empty, but now there is an egg in the nest. It was laid yesterday, (6/20/08), so I’m suprised there isn’t a second egg in the nest today. I hope to catch one of the birds on the nest soon so I can identify it.

June 22 check: There is still only one egg in this nest. I have yet to see the adult birds with the nest.

Pictures and text copyright © 2008 by Janice Green

Nest in neighbor's yard

Mockingbird eggMy neighbor welcomed me home from vacation and then showed me a nest in a tree in her yard. I was uncertain of the kind of bird that might have made it though I suspect it was made by mockingbirds as we have several around and they had built nests in our grape arbor before the bluebird box was set up. At the time the nest was empty, but now there is an egg in the nest. It was laid yesterday, (6/20/08), so I’m suprised there isn’t a second egg in the nest today. I hope to catch one of the birds on the nest soon so I can identify it.

June 22 check: There is still only one egg in this nest. I have yet to see the adult birds with the nest.

Pictures and text copyright © 2008 by Janice Green

Missing the bluebirds… Oh wait!

Our bluebirds seem to be gone. I was so hopeful that I could continue to write about their progress every now and then, but I’ve only seen them twice all week.

We moved the second birdhouse across the street so it wouldn’t be too close to a tree or to the first birdhouse. I don’t know if they felt intimidated when we moved the one, or if they had already moved on, or if they began killing each other off fighting over the first birdhouse.

I do see what appears to be a nicely completed nest in the first box. It isn’t just a bunch of sticks, but very well shaped. It appears to be made mostly from pine straw wrapped around and around.

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 Oh, oh!  Joy upon joy! I am looking out the window just now as I write and see two bluebirds fly from our arbor to the birdhouse. 

Maybe they aren’t gone after all!!!!! YES!!! 

I just hope they will stay rather than move on. They don’t seem to hang around long, I no longer see them by the time I finished editing this.