Chaos, meaning complexity in nature, and also the natural, usual state of my garden!
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Running out the squatters, or whose house is this anyway!
There was an almighty big fuss in the hackberry tree this afternoon. A pair of very agitated bluebirds were protesting angrily anat the top of their lungs about something. A squad of juncos came to see what the fuss was all about, and there seemed to be a chat and the juncos flew away. So did the bluebirds before I could see what had happened. I looked around for the cat, but none was in sight, and there were no snakes. I even thought it was me they were fussing about. I took a walk into the woods where they usually hang out, but I didn't see any of them.
So I went back to work clearing out flower beds, and out of the corner of my eye I saw a red-bellied woodpecker in the hackberry, checking out the hole where woodpeckers have been nesting for the last two or three years, tho last year it was a hairy woodpecker; and all of a sudden, the bluebirds were back, scolding and screaming at him, and I realized what the fuss was about. Seems there is a housing conflict going on! Bluebirds sometimes nest in old woodpecker holes, and apparently they had found it vacant and either had moved in or planned to. I don't know how it is going to play out, but when the fuss died down again and I looked up, this is who looked back at me!
She flew off after I took her picture. I intend to watch tomorrow and see who wins. I don't know if there are bluebird babies in there or not.
This is the first time since we have lived here that I have seen bluebirds here during nesting season, and I know there are other pairs nesting somewhere else in the woods edge around us, but I haven't spotted their tree yet, exaactly. There are several trees with woodpecker holes. They haven't used the nesting boxes so far.