Our Northern Cardinal

Did you read that and think “Our?”

Well, if you did, that wasn’t a typo.  It was because this little guy feels like he’s “ours” because he seems to have claimed us.  For the longest time he was downright ornery about being photographed.  He would prance and prance about until I went to get the camera, then he would fly… every. single. time.

Now, we have apparently successfully “bought” his tolerance with enough sunflower seed, that he now allows photos.  Either that, or he now realizes my camera is not some predator about to eat him.  😉

Regardless, he now allows me to take his photo without flying off, most of the time.

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See him eyeballing me, while I take his photo.  LOL

He has quite a bit of attitude.  He likes to come and fuss loudly at our window if there isn’t any seed.

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Momma Bluebird

I wasn’t the only one in the yard mothering on Mother’s Day.   😉

Our Eastern Bluebird pair that quickly took residence of the bird house the kids made, has been hard at work, coming and going.  But Momma Bluebird now appears to be sitting on eggs.  Daddy Bluebird is bringing her lots of food and she doesn’t leave the bird house very often.  Here she is peeking out, waiting for him to bring her another insect to eat.

I have a ton of blurry photos like this of this family.  It’s nearly impossible to get a decent shot of them through older style double pane glass windows, and trying to shoot through the kid’s swing set to get a view.  lol!
But you get the idea.  She is now sitting on the nest.

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The American Crow

The American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos brachyrhynchos) is a bird that we have a great many of around my house but I rarely seem to get good opportunities to photograph them.   This one was very far away, and it was raining.  But I figured I’d add them here, since I don’t believe I’ve posted any crow photos here before.

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And the crow’s “I see you looking at me” face:

I really like crows.  (Yeah I know, there I go again, liking the birds that nobody else likes.)

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My uncle raised a pair of orphaned crows when I was a kid and I just loved them.  They really loved us, “their people”, and were extremely personable and smart.

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The beginnings of the Bluebird nesting…

None of the photos in this set are of good quality.  But they capture the beginnings of the Eastern Bluebird nest that we had this year.  These first photos were taken mostly through the glass in our kitchen window, which is double paned and not good for photographing through.  As the weeks went by, the Bluebird couple began to get accustomed to me enough that I was able to get some photographs outside.  This was not the case early on though.

This is the birdhouse that my kids made with my mom, their grandmother, and painted themselves.  They really enjoyed watching these birds.   We often home school at the kitchen table so there was a great deal of, “There is the bluebird again, Mommy!” said this year.  They really loved watching them come and go.

It wasn’t your typical “bluebird box”, but that didn’t bother this pair.  I was also surprised at how they started frequenting it almost as soon as it was hung.

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Despite the fact that the Bluebirds were clearly staking their claim to the house, other birds were still occasionally popping by to check it out.  This little chickadee even hopped inside for a moment, before deciding to travel on.

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The top of our kid’s swing set became a regular sitting spot for the Bluebird to watch for insects then swoop down and grab them.  He often took them to the female inside:

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He would often land (bug in mouth) on top of my husband’s grill before flying into their house.  This always worried me that he might accidentally do it sometime when it was hot.

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Even a spring shower didn’t stop him from sitting on the swing set watching for bugs:

I have many more photos of the Bluebirds that I took over this spring, that I hope to share here.
But as usual I will stick to my posting as the post date the photos were taken on.  And I am behind…. working on getting caught up as I can.

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