I went out to fill my bird feeders and noticed a pair of Eastern Bluebirds checking out 2 of my nestboxes. I hadn't seen the Blues in weeks. Quickly I ran back inside and grabbed my camera. The female flew to the woods to the left but the male stayed on the power line. I got one so-so picture. He was to far away and I didn't wish to scare him.
Later on my way to town, less than a mile from my humble home, an American Kestrel was sitting on the power line along the road. I stopped and got a so-so picture of him also. I sat there a couple of minutes watching this handsome bird until he flew away. No, I didn't hold-up traffic. This is one of the good things about living in a rural area.
As I was pulling up in my drive, I noticed a Carolina Chickadee checking out the nestboxes. I sure hope the Dees and the Blues don't chose the same box again this year. That happened last year and the poor Chickadees lost. They had already built a pretty moss nest and there were 2 eggs when the Blues ran them off. I learned from that experience and will be on top of it should it happen again this year. I will address this dilemma and what to do in tomorrows post.
All in all it was a great day for birding....not so good for taking pictures of them. I can live with that.