It's never good to fight with the new folks in town over the same house. That's whats going on in my backyard. What I believe to be Nuthatch's have been preparing our bird house for a few weeks now. I watched curiously last week as on of them would duck in and return with a mouth full of debree. She or he would then stuff the debree underneath the bark of the tree. Now, I am not a bird expert so this behavior was all new to me. My friend Shelly and I sat on the porch, drinking Margaritas, enjoying the show. A sort of soap opera in my own backyard!
Today there are several bird couples fighting it out for the bird house. A pair of Eastern Blue Birds and a pair of Nuthatch's. My photos are not good as I could not get any closer but you can see a little of the action. Every time i tried to catch their aerial acrobatics they would flit into the trees.
I love this picture because the female blue bird is sitting on the roof of the house while everyone else is flitting around. You can see a nuthatch up on the side of the tree.
Here is one of the nuthatches on the tree.
My boyfriend, Andrew, will be proud. He built that house in Boy Scouts when he was young.