"It is well to remember that the entire population of the universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others." A.Holmes

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Bird Drama

 It's that time of year again when birds are courting , mating, nesting, and raising their young. There is so much excitement and drama anywhere there are birds that it is hard to get any yard work done for all the distraction this causes me. This bird house is home to a pair of chickadees. Their young have not hatched out yet but soon, very soon. Last year this location was used by chickadees and juncos , they seemed to take turns raising their families in it but I think the juncos moved on to ...
... this bird house nearby, above my sheep shelter .
 Yes, it is now home to a pair of Oregon Juncos. If you look very closely at the bottom left of this elaborate house you will see the pair of juncos chose to build a nest on the porch ! I think they prefer open air housing. Mama Junco's head can barely be seen over the horizontal branch, but she is there faithfully sitting on her eggs.
 This is one of 4 robin's nests in our trailer shed . We have another in our hay shed. I am glad the robins are able to safely raise their young here now. For years we watched the robins lose their eggs and young to crows but when we built this shed to protect our travel trailer we discovered the robins  also found it to be a safe haven.
This bird house is actually 3 houses in one structure and sits in front of our porch .This is part of my view when I sip my coffee in the morning while I watch the birds .There is a family of chickadees living in it , not the bird you see in the picture . Maybe this bird is considering living in the triplex , wouldn't that be interesting porch entertainment ? It could provide a lot of bird drama .

These are but a few of the many places I have observed birds nesting here at Cedar Pond . What is most fascinating is watching the bird drama as each tiny area around our home seems to have its' own bird community , its' own birdy squabbles, its' own bird beauty. Oh , I almost forgot, its' own bird comedy . The show begins before sunrise and ends after sunset , but not really. If you sit on the porch in the evening you can hear the owls in the woods and if the moon is bright enough you can see the bats silently flying about snatching mosquitos from over the wet grasses and the pond. Bird drama , better than anything on T.V. !

10 comments:

Deanna said...

Hi Kathy.
Spring blessings to you.
Your collection of birds about your home are wonderful. They are better to watch than all the gore on tv.

Birds have captured my interest since I was a child. Their songs they chirp puts me at ease. Watching them is a treat!

It's nice outside, so my window is open to where I hear them,
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Deb said...

How fun is that watching all these birds in their nests. I have one little momma at my front porch in a bird-house and I'm excited about that. :) I love your bird-houses Kathy. They are fabulous.

Deb said...

Oh, forgot to mention she is a Chickadee.

L. D. said...

We are close to timber so the chickadees don't come into town during the summer. I love having them at my feeder in the winter. I like all you bird houses. The top photo reminds me of one of my feeders that has the mold and failing paint on its roof. I like it a lot.

Willow said...

Swallows are nesting in our 'small" barn , Robin in the low cedar branch , Wren in the bird house on the clothes line pole ~ and three of our hens have gone broody and are setting eggs ~ don't you love it !

Deborah Montgomery said...


what fun to watch the birds building their nests. I would like to see the birds nesting, but our house backs up to the woods and they are all hidden in there! I do love to watch them at the feeders. You are right, so much more relaxing and entertaining than TV! You have some great bird houses.

Daisy said...

They do provide around the clock entertainment. They are so much fun to watch. Your bird houses welcome them, and they seem happy to take advantage of your hospitality. :)

Happy Mother's Day on Sunday, Kathy!

Judy said...

What a neat assortment of birdhouses! Great post on the birds that you get to see each day. I love the photo of the robin on its nest. I think that if you take the time, you can feel a connection to the birds who live around you as you watch their daily activities.

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

How beautiful........your place looks like a haven! Yes, bird drama is so much better to watch!

Eggs In My Pocket said...

The birds have a beautiful serene place to stay! Perfect for watching!