Those wren nests are really something. To find out if there's
anything down there, you really have to carefully reach your
fingers down in and see what you can feel with the tips.
I had one bluebird pair and one tree swallow pair in my two
nestboxes, as last year, but this year they switched boxes for
some reason. Now I have fledgling swallows careening around my
property, going too fast and with inadequate rudder control, just
like teenage drivers. The young Bluebirds spend much of the day
sitting happily on my tomato stakes, pooping all over my few
little green tomatoes.
Last year, after the swallows had fledged their one brood and the
bluebirds had settled in to do their second, the swallows
continued to aggressively divebomb anything that came near the
bluebird nest, even though they themselves were all done for the
year. Strange that yours only react to approaches to the one
box. In my experience, they will try to protect any nestbox,
whether one of their own species, or as above, somebody else's.
One is tempted to think they enjoy it, but one might run afoul of
the anti-anthropomorphism police if one said so.
I've also lately had a tanager calling loudly from various spots
around my property, the first time I've heard or seen one here.
He's hard enough to see himself, so I guess the fact that I've
seen no prospective girlfriends doesn't mean much.
I think I enjoy the fledgling-heavy month of June more than
spring migration itself.
Speaking of which, I seem to have more hummers than I did a week
or so ago, still two brilliantly ruby-throated males, but a good
Ruth Stewart wrote:
> A further comment about wrens.... At the Manchester Rec Park
> we are monitoring 22 nest boxes - of which 9 are wrens and 11
> tree swallows and 1 (maybe 2 as of Wed) Bluebirds - YEA!
> Indeed all are co-existing --- the wrens in the boxes near the
> In the bluebird's box there were 2 eggs and 2 hatchlings.
> It is difficult to see into the 'nests' of the wrens... I do
> suspect that some may, indeed, just be sticks! One box had 2
> yg 'squawking' at the hole with beaks agape. Both adults were
> diligent coming and going from the box at least 10x in the
> short time I watched. I was curious about the others in the
> box, not at the hole... would they get fed??? Sure enough,
> an adult scooted passed the opened mouths into the box after
> about the 6 or 7 feed I observed.
> Another interesting happening.... while there are 11 boxes
> with Tree Swallows - some with f still incubating, some with
> eggs and some with just hatched young and eyes opened young,
> there is only one box where I get VERY AGGRESSIVELY dive
> bombed by 8-10 adults - this every one of the 4 times I have
> visited. Why only one????
> Had a lovely, singing male Scarlet Tanager in the yard today.
> Maybe he's between broods - or was just celebrating??
> Tis fun watching the nesting activity in the area.
> Ruth Stewart E Dorset, VT
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