Tclarkwood

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  1. I've been seeing a Carolina Wren hanging around my bluebird box when the female and male are getting bugs. I sure hope the CW is not doing something to harm the baby blues. Last year, there was a bird that killed my chicks and I never figured out what type of bird was doing. it. I've heard a house wren might do this but I have not heard of a CW doing it. Interesting that the Tree Swallow mother is not sitting on the eggs. I haven't read up on Tree Swallow nesting behavior.
  2. They are not using the dried mealworms that I put out to feed the chicks. The neighbors yard has a lot of bugs and they have been able to find live bugs for the chicks so far. I noticed the female works twice as hard and makes twice as many trips to the box as the male.
  3. I heard one singing behind the house on Saturday but I have yet to see one this year! Maybe I will see one soon! Look how much colder the bird in Canada looks than the ones in Georgia... Lol!
  4. Isn't that a beautiful bird!
  5. How close do you put the dried mealworms to the bluebird box? I put the mealworms in an old birdseed feeder I had about 8 feet from the bluebird box hanging on a nearby tree. I am assuming the bluebirds will investigate the hanging bird feeder since it is new in the area and realize it has mealworms in it? Do you think this is about right or do you suggest something else? This is the first time I have put out mealworms so I don't know what I'm doing really. Thanks!
  6. Yes... The migration map shows they come through Dallas heading to Alberta, Canada.... Check it out. Also, click on the interactive maps and they show what time of the year Grosbeaks were spotted in previous years to give you and idea of when they have come through the in past. From the interactive map, I learned that someone spotted one about 10 days ago here in Birmingham. If you have sunflower seeds out, at least you have a chance to see one. Some years you see more than others. I've had years where I only saw 1 or 2 and other years where I may have seen up to 10 during the Spring migration. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Rose-breasted_Grosbeak/lifehistory
  7. I have not seen a Grosbeak yet... Has anyone seen one? I'm wondering where they have made it to?
  8. Ok.. Here we go! 2 have hatched out of 5. The female has already eaten or removed the shells. She is guarding the box by perching on top of it while they hatch. I couldn't get a shot with my iphone but here are the 2 newbies! They are hugging each other.
  9. That sounds right. I just hope they have better luck this year than last year!
  10. I still have eggs... Perhaps I will have a hatch in the next day or so?
  11. Hang a beach towel over the window outside if she can tolerate doing that? If it is on the front of the house visible to the street, she may not be willing to do that.
  12. She is on the eggs from time to time. When I checked after work yesterday, she was sitting on them. So I'm guessing I could have an Easter Day hatch! I'll check Monday morning before work to see if any babies have emerged.
  13. I wanted to remind everyone that the Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks have probably invaded the Southern US by now so make sure you keep a look out for them where you have sunflower seed feeders out. Sunflower and Safflower seeds are their favorite. Last year I had 4-6 of them visit my feeders in the Spring and then a couple stopped by in the Fall. It is one of the most beautiful birds that we get to see in the Southeast so I'm always looking out at the feeders in April to see them. If you have a good camera, snap a shot and share. If you are lucky enough to live in their summer range, you get to see them for several months instead of just a few days. I'm jealous! https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Rose-breasted_Grosbeak/lifehistory There is interactive migration map that is one of the links on the website that shows the Spring and Fall migration densities. We are about to hit a very dense time so the chance of seeing one is very high for the next several weeks.
  14. I've seen her and the male a couple of times on my bird feeder eating suet so they are still in the area but she is not sitting on them during the day. Our temps are warm after noon and that is when I check the box. Maybe she is watching them but not sitting on them since we are over 75 degrees usually after lunch?