Amazing how such a simple thing can turn out to be such a great thing. I was out in the backyard today and I hear that familiar Eastern Bluebird call. Sure enough, it was the parents from last year, in their same spot (on my neighbor’s chimney), doing the same thing they used to do to get me to bring them mealworms!
For those new to reading my blog, last year my Eastern Bluebird parents had two different nests. The first nest did fantastic and all the babies fledged. The second nest started doing really well and one night I noticed that there were fire ants crawling into the nest. Stupidly, I panicked and sprayed ant killer around the nest. The next day, all the babies had died. You can read, and hopefully learn from my experience here.
Back to the present. I wasn’t sure I would see the parents this year after what I did to their babies last year so I was over-joyed when they returned today. I’ve been growing my own mealworms so I placed them in the same location as last year. They immediately began feeding just like old times. Both parents also examined each of the three Bluebird houses that are spread throughout the backyard. Below are a few of the pictures from this morning.