Late last summer we put up a bluebird box with hopes of attracting more of these lovely birds to our back yard. Several bluebird couples did indeed check out the box earlier this spring, unfortunately they were a little too late. A chickadee pair had already made it home and built a nest.
After the chickadees and their five babies moved on, we cleaned out the box. A couple of days ago a pair of bluebirds began building in the box. Very exciting. Next to the robin, the bluebird is my favorite. Once the mama has laid her first egg, I’ll attach a sparrow spooker to the box. House sparrows aren’t much of a problem in my back yard at the moment because of the robins nesting above the light on my garage. This is their second group of nestlings in the same nest and they guard their territory well.
The robins didn’t bother the chickadees and they aren’t paying any attention to the bluebirds, but I’ve seen them chase away both starlings and house sparrows. Too bad their babies are just about big enough to leave the nest. It would be nice if they’d stick around and continue to keep predator birds away because although I will protect my nesting bluebirds to the fullest extent possible, no way can I be as vigilent as them.