Friday, September 25, 2009

New Neighbors Are Moving In

A couple years ago The Man built a bird house for his Woodworking project with Scouts.

It was casually placed outside on a pre-existing bird house pole, with the intentions of being painted the next weekend.

Turns out this house is quite desirable. Before the painting could take place, bluebirds took up residence and gave us a few months of entertainment as we watched them come and go and then the offspring leave the nest.

Then it was quiet.

A few months later, more bluebirds arrived and moved right on in to the existing nest. I felt bad because I thought I was suppose to clean it out. But apparently, that was not a problem.

Again we were entertained and this time literally watched the baby bird leave the nest. As it hopped through the yard, momma/daddy bird watched from nearby trees, swooping in anytime another bird came too close.

I cleaned out the bird house a few weeks ago. I looked out the kitchen window the other day and was delighted to see new home buyers checking it out.

I grabbed the camera, but was unable to get the full shot.

See, to the right of the bird house is a small garden area with a shephard's hook. Sitting atop it was a second bird. I got so tickled, when I saw the two of them, as if a husband saying, "go on, check it out, tell me what you think."

When I got back to the window with the camera, the second bird had flown away.

I hope they do move in. If they don't, I will wonder if having cleaned out the house had been a mistake. We will see.

We also have many new squirrels in the yard. We have squirrels, and every year they gobble up all the pecans before we can get even one good one. But this year we see them scampering all over the place.

Three weeks ago our dog, Francie, tore her ACL, thus making her an inside dog for a couple months during the healing proccess. I do think the squirrels are celebrating the freedom to venture where they please without without being chased away.

When the dog is away...the squirrels will play.


2Thinks said...

I love this bluebird house and you did get a couple nice shots of the birds! Congrats! I sure can't capture nature like that.

What did the dog do? Tore his Achilles clutch or something?? I didn't catch that part.


tale of many cities said...

great pics!

i do hope you try the warm spinach & apple's really yummy!!

have a great weekend!!

Sniffles and Smiles said...

What fantastic shots!!! So glad you grabbed your camera and shared these with us!!! And your dog? Wonderful!!! Watch out squirrels...just when you think it's safe, the menace WILL return...LOL!! You always make me smile!!!! ~Janine XO

TJ said...

What clear shots. Really enjoyed them. I love pictures of animals.

Maggie May said...

What a lovely post! I love the little bird house and the photos of the parent bird perched near the hole.

Hope your dog is better now. He had better watch out as those squirrels can bite!

Gayle said...

Oh, that is so cool! You got great shots! I wonder if they will be happy that the house is cleaned out or if they would prefer to find a furnished home! Poor Francie. I hope she feels better quickly.

FancyHorse said...

Great pictures! I hope they approve, and will move in soon!

vchelle said...

Adorable photos of the birds!! My husband would be aright along with the squirrels eating the pecans.. He loves them and would be the one chasing them away istead of your dog. Glad to stop by!!

Cheffie-Mom said...

What wonderful photos!! Let us know if the birds move in!! Hugs!!