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Bird watching season is upon us. Soon we should be seeing Purple Martins, and in less than one month, Hummingbirds will be appearing. One thing to look forward to for sure. I do know they had a really good buy on feeders at Menards. I personally do not use glass feeders due to the high amount of wind that I have here. These are glass. They are really nice and heavy.
The weather has been fairly decent and nice to get some of that outside work done. A little yard work, walking, and taking a look at all of those spring flowers that are popping up. Some folks I am sure have been out mowing already. There are a few high spots here and soon the lawn mowers will be running.
April is here and may be the very month that we transition from quite a scary March. It has definitely been a time for spring cleaning, picture sorting, movie watching, book reading.
The Purple Martins should be sending scouts or have already sent them. They will be checking out the area and the houses or gourds that you have available. The Tree Swallows, Barn Swallows, and other Swallows that make their way back to this area for the summer are not quite this far north yet. You can get confused by all of these swallow type birds.
I always have at least two or three houses of Tree Swallows in my Bluebird houses. There have been many recommendations as to what to do to remedy this behavior, but so far I have just been better off to let them nest in one to two of the houses, and they will move on fairly quickly after their babes have hatched and flown. I have such difficulty with my blues that I don’t want predators or other birds vying for the houses.
Wrens also are mean little stinkers when it comes to Bluebirds. I love the Wrens around the house, on the front porch or patio, but not on the trails. I do put several boxes up for the Wrens on my trails. They are usually occupied all summer. They are prolific and keep hatching those little ones. What is your favorite bird of summer?
Make sure and get all the houses cleaned out and ready, and soon be thinking about those hummingbird feeders. Until next time, good bird watching.