I've got lots of catching up to do. :)
The birdhouse at the end of our front porch has seen a ton of activity this year. A pair of bluebirds used it for their first brood of the season and it was awesome to watch them working to build a nest. And of course, I always enjoy watching them carry food into the box (and fecal sacks out). As the babies grew, they got loud when the parents landed on top of the house with food! Right before they fledged, I got to see little bluebird faces peeking out the opening of the box. That was cool. Then the parents headed out to the garden birdhouse to start their second clutch.
Taking advantage of the vacancy, a titmouse family moved into the box on the porch. Boy, did that start a war! Even though the bluebirds had already moved into the other box, they didn't want anybirdy else using this one! Fortunately, after a few incidents of screaming and feather pulling, things settled down and the egg laying and hatching continued. I enjoyed observing the titmouse pair tending to their family.
An interesting note about the titmice: for years, they've nested underneath the porch, right below where the birdhouse hangs. They industriously carried nesting material in between the lattice slats and later, food for the babies. It was neat watching them go in and out of the openings. I don't know why they decided to move into the birdhouse this year.
I can't close without a parrot update! Rio and Pancho are doing great, and are as noisy and active as ever. I've had Rio for 23 years now and Panchie for 18. Hard to believe.
Thanks to a minor improvement in my Internet service, I'm able to actually post to my blog! I sure hope the little boost in speed continues. Until I post again, y'all take care and spend a few minutes watching birds. :)