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Going to the Birdhouse (bird store) this weekend to see what they have, maybe get some nesting in the backyard this year.
Whatever style you choose, make sure that it's one that you can access easily to clean out. Also, make sure that the entrance hole is no larger than 1 1/2" in diameter, with no perch. Any larger entrance will allow starlings in, and a perch encourages house sparrows. Height and placement are also important factors in attracting bluebirds. Make sure that your post is long enough. I use 6' metal fence posts. If you use metal you can always grease the pole if you find that you have a problem with predation. Make sure to place the box in an open area, though facing a shrub or small tree is okay as long as it's not right next to the box (it gives them a place to perch). Remember that bluebirds are highly territorial so make sure that you place boxes well away from each other if you want only bluebirds. Tree swallows and chickadees will nest in close proximity to bluebirds, so don't worry about it if you want variety.
I just had the most extraordinary thing happen! Mike happened to look out the window and he noticed two hawks on the ground next to one of our bird feeders about 20 yards from the house (it happens--buffet). One hawk startled off before I could catch a glimpse, carrying what we assume was a small bird, but the other stayed. I watched it for a minute or so walking around in the snow before I noticed a sparrow trapped inside the bird feeder. The hawk jumped up on the split rail fence next to the feeder and tried to attack the sparrow inside. We watched the hawk, a female Cooper's, beat herself against that feeder trying to get at the sparrow for about 5 minutes? She'd try, and then take a rest, assess the situation, and try again. I watched as long as I could stand to see the sparrow tortured and then I went out to set it free. The hawk flew up into a tree about 20 yards from the feeder and sat there while I set the sparrow free. Sure enough, as soon as the sparrow was loose, she took off after it! She wasn't phased by my presence in the least! Amazing! And where was my camera during this saga? In the office.
Sounds like an interesting event.
I knew they preyed on other birds but I didn't think they could catch a sparrow. They probably chase until it gets tired.
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You should have seen the Kestrels hunting over my sunflower field this past fall! Boy, are they fast! I think that the Accipiters rely somewhat on the element of surprise, though they're much faster/streamlined than the Buteos.
A picture my wife took a few weeks back.
Pretty little girl! I'm quite fond of them, since they're the largest of the family who frequent my suets.
I do not see a lot of birds sitting still enough for me to take their pictures ... but I got this one.
Is the bird's feet frozen to the log? Well if thats how you get them to stay still...
Thanks Brenda ... I thought the bird had pretty colors as well.
Chris ... I put a freezing element under the log to freeze that little sucker in place ... jk. I guess I just got lucky!