Thursday, July 7, 2011

A domestic situation

Here was a curious situation. A pair of bluebirds that inhabited a box about 10 yards away from my tree swallows were actively harassing them a few days ago. The tree swallows had young in the nest at the time, and the bluebirds were still laying eggs (3 at last count). It seemed like the bluebirds were a bit tougher than the swallows, but (being in the box) the swallows were able to hold their own. I have no idea what the indigo bunting was doing...I only noticed him after I downloaded the photos!

As an aside, I've noticed birds being testier in general these days. I'm guessing that it's due to territories "expanding" while fledglings are roaming around, but still being fed by their parents.

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