Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Bird Wars

Yes, I am a bird geek. Like you didn't know that.

There is a fierce battle going on in my backyard over the rights to the bluebird house. The sparrows had been roosting in it until the bluebirds showed up. This morning I saw the bluebirds going in and out of the house and figured they'd proven their case.

This afternoon, I was watching because Mr. Bluebird kept peeking into the house, then hopping up on the top and signing his fool little head off. Then he peeked back in and pulled a long strand of dried grass half way out of the entry hole. Mrs. Bluebird showed up shortly afterward and kept peeking in. She pecked at the grass for a while, then went to the top where she and Mr. Bluebird were talking back and forth. I thought it looked like they were arguing over the decorating.

The a sparrow flew up and tried to get in. Mr. Bluebird chased him off, but while that was happening, another sparrow went into the house.

So I guess the saga will continue. I know I'm not supposed to be playing favorites here, but the house sparrows can take a hike. The flock is huge, at least 20 of them hanging around all year long. The bluebirds only come for the spring and summer to raise their babies.

Thor sez: If I was allowed outside, I'd be the bluebird body guard and chase all the sparrows away.


Sharon said...

Thor and Loki are bird geeks, too, I bet!

Glad you're up and about again!

Sharon said...

A friend just sent me this link to a cat photo contest:

Your photos belong there. Plus, you get to see some other beautiful kitties.

JanetLee said...

Sharon - this is so weird! I was thumbing through a Southern Living magazine while waiting for my mom while she did physical therapy and read an article about this woman, then found your comment.

Cue "Twilight Zone" music!