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  • Writer's pictureTerri Tomoff

The Birdies, but Whose Eggs?

We've got the birds flitting around the backyard and singing their favorite tunes almost all day long. According to their rhythms, I also hear the "nightingales" while on the big sleep - all night long. Trimming and cutting down some trees this week may have caused some birds to find other places to sing and flit for the time being. For years, a good chunk of our backyard had wild berry vines that the birds loved and seemingly got either drunk or nourished from them. Believe me, when I say their tunes just got louder and louder that if we talk on the phone outside, people hear it and inevitably ask about the loud birdsong noise! Now I'm wondering if most of the vines were removed during the big cleanup - will it affect "our" birds and the birdsong I have come to love and enjoy - even overnight?

Never fear, though; we may have baby birds!

I noticed this little caveat this week, too. Even though our beat-up split rail fence is rotted and falling down in some places, one dilapidated birdhouse is hanging on for dear life on a rotted post in the middle of the yard. While reading in the backyard this past week, I looked up and noticed a robin go into the birdhouse. Hmm. I have not seen the birdhouse be used as a nesting place in a few years. Of course, curious as I am, I checked it out a few minutes later. Sure enough, three little blue eggs were nestled sweetly on a new bed of grass and other birdnest components.

Yesterday, hubby Bill was sitting in his favorite chair and also noticed a bird going in and out of the next. He actually grabbed a photo—a blue bunting was on the perch before entering the small space. A head scratch once again on this new birdie "intruder." Remember, I saw a robin go in earlier, and a few days later, he saw a blue bunting crash into the same place.

Again, whose eggs? Or could it be a community effort to nurture the not-yet-hatched eggs?

Several years ago, this birdhouse was used for hatching eggs, and we witnessed three brand new birds learning to sing their hearts out in this very same spot.

Fingers crossed, this summer it will be a repeat - but what kind of birds? Robins or Blue Buntings? Or something else?



Photos: 1) blue bunting; 2) three little eggs in the birdhouse nest; 3) this fella is too big to get into the nest, though he is perched a few feet from the birdhouse (I could not find the photos I took of the three little ones in the same nest from years ago, ugh!~).

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Kymberly Dakin-Neal
Kymberly Dakin-Neal
Jul 03

Terri I read that some bird species are “cooperative “ and will sit on each others nests - Robins and Cardinals for example!

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