Nesting Bluebirds

The last day of winter was a warm, sunny day, under a pale blue sky with veils of white. In the early afternoon, Pine Warblers, Cardinals, a House Finch and a Brown Thrasher sang, and two Chipping Sparrows sang back and forth in a lively, much more musical way than their usual song.

But the highlight of the day was a pair of Eastern Bluebirds that finally began working on a nest in the bluebird house in our front yard. I’d been watching for some activity around the house and had begun to think no one was going to use it – so I was happy to see them. The bright blue male sang all day long, taking breaks to sit on top of the bluebird house possessively. Both he and the female went in and out of it with nesting materials, suddenly very busy.

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