And so it continued, the MOST EXCELLENT BIRD DAY........ Today is the day I usually check all the Bluebird boxes. I may have mentioned before that I made 22 new Bluebird boxes this past winter. Each are named after the "girls" in my life, my daughters, grand daughters and cousins and sister friends. As a responsible Bluebird Trail Keeper, they should be checked once a week and notes taken on their progress. The boxes were all put up in February and that first week I saw a Bluebird checking things out! Then in late March I started seeing Tree Swallows too. I encourage both to live in my boxes, they are hunters of insects and so having them around is a very good thing!
Two of my Bluebird boxes have already hatched baby Bluebirds. There is a third box that lost their babies due to a very cold snap. There are a couple more with fresh new nests and the eggs are being laid.
While checking to boxes a Northern Oriole followed me down the fence row. Hearing them sing will stop me in my tracks, it is so beautiful to hear their clear and cheerful song. You know of course that the Oriole loves building their basket nests from strands of horse hair. Outside my window where I feed birds year round, I hung a suet feeder filled with horses tail hair that was collected after the horses were groomed. Today I saw the female Oriole come and pull strands of long tail hair for her nest!!!! When I had horses I never worried about them finding hair, it was everywhere, but with no horses on our land I had to ask my grand daughters to save me some from their horses. I am delighted they will still be building their nests in our yard again this year!
It doesn't take much on a late spring day to make me happy! It was indeed a Most Excellent Bird Day!