Yesterday, the bluebirds showed up. Not one or two of them, but at least half a dozen of them including some of the girls. They are a few shades lighter than the boys — more like a slate blue with an almost pink head and breast.
I was busy all day taking pictures — we have an amazing variety of birds visiting right now (it looks like a Disney movie, maybe Bambi)(minus Thumper) and a bunch of them are Bluebirds. They used to be common but they aren’t anymore. They are common here in these woods, but their range has been greatly limited by the felling of the woods.
In the second picture (above), the bluebird watches a bunch of baby Goldfinches who aren’t gold yet in the feeder. I think on the right, there’s a tiny chipmunk, too. There’s a lot of life out there!
Also, we spent at least half the day arranging to get our mice “deleted.” No poison and it isn’t because I’m feeling merciful to the mice. It’s because they eat poison then go and die in the walls giving the house that dead mouse smell. The house already smells like every food we’ve ever eaten — and Duke the dog — so I think dead mouse is a smell we can miss. No need for another delightful odor.
So this stuff makes the mice have a terrific (apparently painful yet non-lethal) belly ache. They then tell all the other mice to avoid this house (how?) because you get a terrible pain in your tiny little gut if you eat there — and they go an live in the neighbor’s house instead. Enjoy neighbors!
I took more than 200 pictures of the birds yesterday. After deleting all the ones that weren’t in focus and the ones that were too soft or too far left or right, I got it down to about 160 and a bit. So expect more bluebirds!
And be happy. Bluebirds are happiness birds, or so they say.