The bluebirds in my backyard are getting a late start in building a nest in the garden. They usually would have babies by this time of year. The ratbirds (sparrows) have delayed the building. I have spent the last month cleaning out ratbird nests. Three and four times a day I would clean out the nest. Trying to help the bluebirds. I was determined not to give up.
Finally today I noticed the ratbirds have not been around. Apparently the bluebirds have noticed as well. They have been at the house all morning. Just now I caught a photo of both the male and female. If you look closely you can see the female (bird in front) with pine straw in her mouth, which is nesting material for them. A great sign.
So far I have seen no ratbirds, keep your fingers crossed they will not return. These are my bluebirds of happiness.
Do you have a favorite bird or something in nature you look forward to each year?