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  1. That's pretty Epic! Wow! Still have not seen my Barred owls yet! Ha ha! They are there but I can't see them!
  2. All 4 fledged on Thursday! That’s it for 2020 bluebird season! I had 3 broods all 4 eggs each. All 12 chicks made it out of the nest box! This was my most successful season to date. Now I’ll have to wait til next March for the next brood!
  3. That is good information Aaron... Thanks.... Last evening one of them was calling about 2 hours before sunset and I walked down into the woods on my property and got pretty close to him. Of course he stopped calling. I never saw him. I stared up into the trees for about 10 minutes looking for him. These thick, tall trees are over a dry creek bed that only has water when it rains so it is difficult terrain so I can't check for feathers or droppings. The leaf canopy from the trees is very thick so that obscures most of my vision as well. I will eventually see one. There a lot of them within about a square mile of my house. I live one mile from Oak Mountain State Park so they call to one another over some pretty long distances. I can sometimes here them and the sound is so faint. There is no telling how far away they are? About 20 minutes before sunset a bunch of them started calling so there were two calling periods last evening which I have heard them do before. Thanks again. I will post when I see one.
  4. I need some help to figure out how to see these birds. I hear them behind my house just before dark but when I go into the woods to see them they are like ghosts. Does anyone have any tips on how I can see them? Should I carry a high powered flashlight into the woods with me? Will that be a bad idea? Thanks for the suggestions.
  5. Still hanging in there... Should fledge around August 5th.
  6. No shortage that I have seen here in Alabama. Tractor Supply best deal.
  7. All 4 chicks are growing with one runt but I noticed the runt was the one gaping when I opened to look inside to check on them so maybe he/she will catch up. I do not believe that the chicks would be surviving in this 94 degree heat (100 heat index) if not for the bluebird box being in the shade from about 1 PM until dark. I just point this out for everyone so that if you are considering adding a bluebird box or if you ever decide to relocate your bluebird box, you can place it in an area where there is afternoon shade. This is a big advantage for the bluebirds in the summertime. Just thought I would pass this thought on since I was asking myself how are these chicks surviving yesterday.
  8. All 4 eggs did hatch so I have already started seeing the male carry small insects to the box. I'm not sure if they are eating the insects yet but he is ready when they are ready.
  9. When the dog days of summer hit, the only birds I see on a regular basis are my year round resident birds that live in the immediate vicinity. It usually doesn’t pick back up for me until the first cool snap comes in during October.
  10. Well.... Here we go again! July 17th and we have our first chick from brood #3 hatching this morning. It is 93 degrees today so I will be curious to see how the chicks hold up in this heat. One good thing is that the nest box is in the shade in the afternoons. Maybe they will make it. I will check this weekend to see if all 4 eggs hatch.
  11. Well, bad news again for my mom's bluebird chicks. It could have been a raccoon this time since most of the nest was also missing. I plan to build her a new nest box that is on a single pole with a predator baffle like I have at my house for next Spring. The first brood made it but the second and third brood yielded no new bluebirds at her house.
  12. It's gonna be mid 90s this upcoming week so the female is not even sitting on the eggs. She is out playing around with the male eating suet cake off my feeder! The eggs are supposed to be incubated at 91 degrees so I'm not sure what happens when it gets to be 95 inside the nest box? I should have a hatch one week from today provided the eggs don't get too hot. The young American Robins have been taking over around my property. They are waiting in line to use the bird bath. I'm going to have to get a bigger bird bath!
  13. 4th egg on 4th of July! Happy Independence Day! My female laid the 4th egg this morning! I’m sure this will be it for the 3rd clutch of year! Seems too hot to me but we’ll see how it turns out. Hug your family and be grateful for our country! Still the best gig on the planet! God Bless!
  14. I went down to the nest box after work yesterday to see what was inside and found where the female had laid an egg so it looks like they are going to attempt a third brood even this late into the season. It is suppose to be 91 degrees today and it will only get hotter so it will be interesting to see how it goes this July. I will let everyone know how many eggs she lays this time. The second brood was 4 eggs. I am traveling to Mom's house this weekend for the 4th so I will check on that nest box. That pair was laying eggs again in June following the snake. The babies should be hatched by now. More to come with late season bluebird nesting!
  15. I have some new woodpeckers! I just wanted to post that I have recently noticed either 2 or 3 Pilieated Woodpeckers on my property. I still cannot tell if it is an adult pair with one chick or if it is one adult with two chicks. Anyway, this is exciting for me because I have always wanted to observe these birds and I have never had the opportunity to watch them until now. I use my iphone to play a call and it gets them excited. They will respond to the recording on my phone and come closer to me to see if I am a woodpecker. I hope they stay around for a while. The habitat is pretty good for them since it very mature hardwoods in a bottom drainage area. It stays damp when it rains but it can dry out. So far this year I have had Barred Owl, Red-Shouldered Hawks and now Pilieated Woodpeckers behind my house. Very cool!
  16. That is interesting about the only one egg hatching. I also have an update as of lunchtime today. My female has built a third nest in a half day! I checked the box yesterday afternoon and it was empty but today when I went home for lunch I looked in the box and the nest was done! Wow! Now I have to admit she has pine straw from one of my flower beds within 20 feet of the box but still that is pretty impressive. The male is still being chased around by 4 hungry juveniles. My mother's place has a 3rd clutch as of 10 days ago. She lost her second clutch to a snake as you may recall. I'm fairly confident that with the snake being removed from the picture that this clutch has a better chance up there. I'll let you know if I get eggs for a third clutch at my property if and when it happens. Hope so but it is about to get very hot! July seems like a tough time to raise babies but I've seen bluebirds do it many times before.
  17. Success! I was able to catch the last 2 flying out of the nest box! The last one left the box at 7:10 pm today... Sunday. We have about an hour of daylight left and I can here the parents trying to gather them all up chattering. Getting ready for their first night out of the box. Pretty cool! It’s funny because the babies don’t hit the ground when they fledge. They fly directly out of the box to a nearby tree and land on a limb. My box is up in a hill so it gives the babies a better chance of landing higher up in a tree which may improve their chances of escaping a potential predator.
  18. I love birds so don’t think that I don’t appreciate having a ton of birds around the house. But if you have ever young raptors on your property when they are fledging... it is a very noisy 2-3 weeks! Ha ha!
  19. The bluebird chicks are literally hanging on the inside of the door ready to come out. The parents are still taking them insects. Not sure if they are coming out today or if it will be tomorrow?
  20. Yeah... 3 would probably have to be the max for lower Alabama. You may remember from a year or two ago but at my mother's place in north Alabama, they have had 4 clutches on several occasions but that is the max that I have ever heard of. My second clutch should fledge by Sunday. This morning both the male and female were calling to the chicks to come out. I'm not sure how many days it takes for them to come out but they are chattering a lot. My property is so noisy right now. The red-shouldered hawks are teaching the two babies (as big as the adults) how to scream and carry on, catch squirrels, etc. It sounds like a zoo every morning when I wake up! I'll be glad when the youngsters leave just to get some peace!
  21. Getting ready for the second clutch to fledge by the weekend! Has anyone had a 3rd clutch this year?
  22. It is very hard to beat BOSS. And it has become so inexpensive compared to 5 years ago. You can now get a 40lb bag of BOSS at Tractor Supply for 18 bucks. Unfortunately, squirrels, raccoons, chipmunks, opossums and other undesirable animals also love BOSS so you have to take that into account with your feeder setup.
  23. My hummingbirds are lighter than usual again this year. Last year was also light?
  24. These are the only snakes that are protected in Alabama. She killed a rat snake so she did not violate the law. Alabama: Eastern Indigo, Eastern King, Eastern Coral, Gulf Salt Marsh, Prairie King, Rainbow, Speckled King or Southern Hognose snake. Each state is different... In Arkansas, all snakes are protected.
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