We put up several bird houses, some fancy and silly and some practical last winter in the hopes that we would get new bird neighbors in the spring. Not a single house was used last spring and summer. The people who completed the deer fence ran over one of the houses and turned it to kindling last month!
Then this afternoon while I was out washing some flower pots on the lawn I looked up and saw this lovely fellow outside the bluebird box. In the second photo he appears to have some insect in his mouth. I think it is too early for him to be feeding young hatchlings. Must be the dinner hour. These are his true colors...no photoshopping!
I purchased several wooden houses from a craft store and painted them silly colors to decorate the garden never thinking they might actually be used. They are not great bird houses because they are mostly for looks sort of like the MacMansions you see in some suburbs. But, this little house is now the home of the chickadee and if my chickadee likes it, I will certainly extend the lease for free.
The chickadee house is right over my flower beds and the bluebird is near the garden, so I am hoping we will enjoy the depletion of insects this summer.