Decison made!

June 23, 2010

The bluebirds selected the modified Gilbertson nest box over the nest camera box.  The nest in the Gilbertson is ready to go.  Bluebirds can build a complete nest in a Gilbertson nest box in a couple of hours including the lining.  We should be seeing some blue eggs within the next couple of days.

Gilbertson nest box

“The winner” –  modified Gilbertson nest box.

Gilbertson nest

Bluebird nest in Gilbertson nest box

Nest cam box

“The loser” –  nest camera box.

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Bluebirds trying to decide which nest box to use

June 19, 2010

A bluebird couple started investigating nest boxes in the back yard. They put a small amount of pine straw in two of the boxes one of which is nest camera box #2.  Bluebirds sometimes have trouble making their minds up which nest box to select and may even spend several days vacillating between boxes.  This indecision is usually associated with a young female who has never built a nest before. It will be interesting to see which box they select.


Male Bluebird inspecting the nest camera box


Young female bluebird inspecting the nest camera box

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“Birds of Blue”

June 2, 2010

There are “birds of blue” and there are bluebirds.  Occasionally, other bird species are mistaken for bluebirds.  There are three primary species of bluebirds (Mountain, Eastern, Western) along with some identified sub-species.

Primary Bluebird Species

Bluebird Species

Some “birds of blue” that are commonly mistaken for bluebirds.



Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting

Purple Martin

Purple Martin

Tree Swallow

Tree swallow

Blue Mockingbird

Blue mockingbird

Blue Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak

Happy bird watching. Feel free to send bird photos along with a description of the sighting(s).  With your permission and appropriate attribution, the photos and sighting descriptions may be posted to the BLOG.

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