Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Bird Fix

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With few birds to admire in my backyard for a week, I found a few bundles of joy today – baby Bluebirds, four of them, I think, on campus where I work. This is my first look at baby Bluebirds. I wish I were just two inches taller to get a better look and an accurate count! Sometimes I loathe being a shorty.

I should have been inside the windowless office taking care of my business and working as diligently as the Bluebirds do. They aren’t slackers. Even though I kept my distance, mother Bluebird was wary and waited on a post for a while before delivering her meal. Father Bluebird was bold and made his delivery without hesitation.


Only a ten minute outing, or maybe fifteen or thirty - I didn't worry about getting back to work all that much!


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There are over 1,000 mealworms getting fat in my garage. I thought the Bluebirds might like them so I made a delivery this morning.


Bonus photos:

Enjoy a sample of a Boston Terrier’s facial expressions, ranging from a quiet, invitational bark to an out-of-control triple combo outburst – ROOO!, Yawn, Whine! Concentrate on the face.

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Everyone should have a BT and Bluebirds. Agree?

28 comments:

cjs said...

You're sharing my bluebird joy now . . good for you! Those are great pics, and a super cute doggie too.

NCmountainwoman said...

Great pictures of the bluebirds. What fun it must be to watch them. I agree that every one should have dogs and bluebirds.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Your bluebird photos are so good Mary. It is fun to see them at work.

As Bella and Chloe would say...Rooo roooooo.

Lynne said...

What a sweety you are to bring mealworms to the bluebirds. You have the biggest heart out there my dear.

nina said...

Gosh!
You've got babies, too?
I feel so left out of the bird world.
Next thing you know, you'll be counting blowfly larva (like someone else we know!)

:-)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful bluebird babies! And a beautiful BT also!!

Angie

egretsnest said...

Cool bluebird shots! I love Bella's facial expressions! Too cute!

Susan Gets Native said...

I've got neither.
Dammit.

Sounds like your habitat is working, dearie.
WOO HOO!

Joy said...

I most certainly agree Mary. Their (BTs) expressions are priceless.

I told my son I was going to get our Bostons a hula hoop after seeing how yours enjoy theirs.

Currently ours are favoring an old beat-up Frisbee. They are a couple of clowns. :o)

Trixie said...

AMAZING! Bring a little stool next time. I'm a shorty, too, and that is my answer.

Seriously, that is some seriously cool action there. I wish I could take a break like that at work.

LauraHinNJ said...

Try a compact mirror to see inside the nest, Mary. It works!

(You'll have to put most of your hand inside the box to get the angle right - be careful not to make them fledge too soon!)

beckie said...

Perfect shot of the baby bluebird..mouth open! I am so glad they nested in your boxes after you worked so hard to get them up.
You've just got to love a Boston's face!!

Debbie said...

Wonderful shots of the baby bluebirds. Our bluebird pair is hanging around, but the dreaded House Finches pushed the eggs out of the nest boxes....the blighters!
I try and love all of creation, but those birds raise my blood pressure.

As always, love the doggie photos.

JeanMac said...

I loved seeing the nest up close and the baby's mouth - some camera you have, Mary!

Alyssa said...

The bluebirds are beautiful and I'm happy that you are able get some good photos. I enjoyed your previous blog about the grand dogs and the success with their training. With two assertive males in the same house that was a very smart thing to do. I love the pictures of Bam Bam staring into the pantry as if food will magically come to him!
Your BT bonus pictures are so funny. You should make a "flip book" of BT faces - that would be great!! And I'm glad that the girls' trip to the vet went well. That can be very trying.

Jayne said...

Awww... so glad you have those babies to see Mary! Thanks for sharing them with us! :c)

Cheryl said...

Cute Boston Terriers and Blue Birds, what a fabulous post.
Lovely.

You are so kind delivering the mealworms Mary.

Jess Riley said...

SQUEE! Love the baby birds!!! And the puppies are adorable, too.

mon@rch said...

Mary, such stunning Bluebird photos that you captured! They are amazing little birds and the babies . . . adorable!

Ruth said...

Those bluebirds are in luxurious accommodation and with room service too. Beautiful pictures.

Alan said...

Hi Mary,

Congrats on the bbird babies! I've been fortunate myself this spring in having bbirds nest in two of my boxes.

Great photos as always!

Alan

SaIk said...

hey thats amazingly interesting and sweet... especially getting the meal worm part... I have a squirrel nest in my room now which i guess is not more than a week old.

You photos are extremely well taken, SLR?

T.R. said...

Oh to see a blowfly larva-free nest now has its own special beauty. I've been away for a few weeks and I've missed your lovely world. I thought of you in those places I knew you would like -- gazing up at the acropolis, staring down into the creamy blue of the Aegean, rediscovering the subtle flavors of Istanbul. And none of it compares to what you have here. Such endless beauty you manifest. You are a lucky girl!

Annie in Austin said...

Your baby bluebird photos have me totally jealous, Mary!
What happens if there are too many mealworms? Could the baby birds be overfed and end up too chunky to take flight? [I know that's a weird question but I do wonder!]

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Donna said...

I agree!
Your blue bird pictures are so good, they are such a beautiful bird.
Love that little BT face!
Hugs,
Donna

Q said...

Dear Mary,
I agree!
The Blue Birds are beyond beautiful. Sweet babies. Wow! Glad you took some outside time. I think it should be against the law for anyone to work in an office without a window. I would die I think. Bless you...for every hour without a window you get an hour outside!Tell them I said so. Not a slacker just a person who needs daylight!!!
Always love pics of the girls. What a face!
Sherry

RuthieJ said...

Great pictures of the bluebirds Mare! Did you ever get a bluebird house up in your yard at home?

I love the BT happy faces!

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