I have a pair of bluebirds nesting in my backyard. This isn’t an accident – I’d decided earlier this year to put up both a feeder and a birdhouse to give them a place to eat and to nest without competition from other birds. I spent a few minutes outside sitting quietly in between the feeder and the nest. Eventually the male made an appearance, first at the feeder, then at the nest. He’d likely been waiting in a tree somewhere to see what I was all about before he got back to the business of bringing worms and nest material to the female. I’m sure there’s a great filter that I didn’t use on these pictures, but these represent the colors pretty well.
While most of the other bird feeders were put away for the season, I’m sticking with the bluebird feeder. I like the flash of brilliant blue out of the corner of my eye. I’ve had similar success attracting hummingbirds, cardinals, finches and other birds to the yard.
There’s a law of attraction principal at work here I’m sure. A “build it and they will come” allegory. Whatever. I like to fill the yard with color and motion, and to be a good neighbor. The reward is the occasional glimpse into the lives of other creatures who co-habitate with us in this space.