I am beginning this post with a lousy photo, but here's why. Remember that I got the bluebird boxes put up and was hopeful that my flashy friend would want to stay and build a nest? He's here, and checking it out! I actually saw him go into the box just before he popped out and sat on this log. I grabbed the camera the minute I saw him, and snapped this shot through my office window- double glazed glass and a screen. I'm actually surprised you can even tell it's a bluebird!
Then I went to the living room where I could shoot pictures through just glass in the deck door. These are better. I tried to sneak out on the deck, and he didn't fly away completely, but went up in the branches where I couldn't get a clear shot.
He's been here today too, flitting between the two nesting boxes. I hope that he decides to make one his 2009 home, and of course I really hope that it will be the box that I can see from my window. This box is only a few feet away from the now-fallen tree they nested in last year, so I know the proximity to the house won't deter him.
I always wonder if it is the same bird that returns each year. He certainly seemed to know where to look for a suitable hole. I hope I've returned his favor and made him happy!
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