I told you last week about our friend building us a nice bluebird house and about my sweet hubby putting it up in the back yard last Saturday. I waited and watched patiently for a few days to see if a beautiful Bluebird couple would find it and start a nest.
On Monday, May 19, a pair of Tree Swallows were scouting out the house and by Tuesday they were starting to build a nest.
Now I'd much rather have a beautiful Bluebird couple living there but Tree Swallows are okay as they love to eat mosquitoes and other bugs while flying and swooping through the air. In fact these ones were dive bombing me while out in the yard or on the deck!
If you look closely you can see this one has some grass or a small twig in it's beak. I had to zoom in and then crop these pictures so they are all a bit fuzzy. I really need a zoom lens!!
"Incoming! Wide load!"
It was interesting to watch them get through the opening with sticks that were larger but they did.
Now. Remember that Bluebird that I hoped would come and build a nest?
Guess who showed up on Tuesday while Mr. and Mrs. Swallow were off finding nest building supplies?
Yep. You guessed it. Mr. Bluebird! Oh isn't he handsome?
He flitted from the shed to the tree to the clothes line and to the birdhouse. He even checked it out and looked inside.
He's so blue!!
I am sorry to say that I didn't get a picture of him in the house as he was just too fast for me.
However, Mr. and Mrs. Swallow caught a glimpse of their would-be squatter and put the run to him.
They even brought in reinforcements!
After Mr. Bluebird left the area, much to my sorrow, Mr. and Mrs. Swallow sat on their new home like they were claiming it for all of the birds to see.
Now, since this episode happened on Tuesday there hasn't been any activity at all around the birdhouse. No one has visited or finished the nest. So, what do I do?
Do I clean out the makings of the swallow's nest so the Bluebird will come back? Will it remain empty? Will the Swallows return?
If you know what I should do please advise. I really would love for something to be living there and raising a family.
It's another dull day here and quite cool. We'll try to get some chores done in the yard none the less. I think we'll be building cedar rail fence corners today. The new deck is on a bit of a delay as the screw piles we need to put in for support aren't here. Our son will be doing that work for us and has had to drive all the way to Magog, Quebec today to get the piles (it was cheaper than having them delivered) and he needs to get stocked up as he's very busy with his business of installing them for customers. Our wood for the deck should have been delivered this week and it hasn't been so that's a delay as well. It's all good as we still have to remove the old deck. It's all going to happen at once I think. Then I'll have to wait for at least 2 more weeks while the deck is being built. Patience! Oh, I need patience!
Have a great weekend everyone and for my American friends I wish you a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend.
UPDATE: The swallows returned to the birdhouse this morning. All is well but I still wish it was Bluebirds. :)