The female has acute hearing. When the grader or kids go by on the road she puts her head out the hole to see if it's safe. Noticed while Betty is doing the dishes in the kitchen, which is the back of the house, the bird sticks her head out ever time a dish rattles. What is remarkable is that our house is closed up.
Friday evening we mixed up a batch of "the recipe". No, not the Walton's Baldwin sister's "recipe", but one from a bluebird site. It smell and looked good enough to be human fodder, but cubing the suet was not pleasant. We'd better warn the grandkids about that container in the refrig!
Sunday afternoon we put up a feeder on fence(15 feet from bird house). It's now Thursday--no takers for the recipe. Not even sparrows. Checked nest on Wednesday for babies. Still 3 eggs--no babies.The female has acute hearing. When the grader or kids go by on the road she puts her head out the hole to see if it's safe. Noticed while Betty is doing the dishes in the kitchen, which is the back of the house, the bird sticks her head out ever time a dish rattles. What is remarkable is that our house is closed up.
Checking the nest on Friday, I discovered that an egg is missing! The nest is intact and there are no egg shells to be seen, either in the house or on the ground. In checking with "The Bluebird Box" site it seems that it must have been a sparrow. I removed the perch from the house and have put out a "contract" on all sparrows on our property!
Wednesday evening we discovered another egg missing. Only one left. This noon we noticed the birds behavior was different. He was on the arbor and she was going in and out of the house, but not sitting. I started the video camera before I went back to work. It recorded our last sighting of the birds at 1:20pm. They seemed to have abandon the nest. We decided the thief was not a sparrow since we have not seen one on the arbor since installing the fish line.
Sunday--they're back! About 11:00am they were flying from one tree to the next in our front yard. They finally worked their way to the arbor. The female was darting from the trees to the ground feeding. The male was on the arbor several times and looked in the hole of the birdhouse. We are wondering if they want to nest again.
Sunday afternoon I built a regular bluebird house from cedar, complete with monofilament line. It will be installed Monday morning in place of their "heart" birdhouse.
The bluebird house was installed and has sat dormit until the middle of October, when we had a yard full of bluebirds! We have had a few cool days and we're wondering if they are grouping up to leave the area? There were 2 pair that seemed to be competing with each other at the new house. Hope they are laying claim to it for next spring.
We also put up 2 houses out by the road. Can't wait until spring!