Friday, June 16, 2017

Who is that Tapping at My Window Pane?

The Blue Birds remain at my house this week.  (My prior post on this is here.)  The male and female arrive each morning just before sunrise and start at the deck perching on the backs of the chairs and staring at me on the couch with my laptop and coffee in hand.  This photo below is grainy because of the darkness of the morning I had to push the exposure.




I know they must see me because it is too early for the sun's reflection to hide the room. There is a lamp over my shoulder which has to open that part of the room to some glow and reveal my movements. They twitter almost timidly as only the Blue Bird can and then they thrust themselves at the windows for about ten minutes.  Their tapping against the window sounds careless as if they have tripped on their way somewhere and have to catch their balance.

I recently moved the potted geranium to protect it more from the hot summer sun and the Blue Bird appeared almost immediately to eat the bugs that I had exposed.



Lately, they have moved to the front of my house and do the same window pane "thrust and parry" there. I have recently discovered that they have a nest in a box on the post below the deck and at the side of the patio below. Not sure how they will have energy left to raise young ones since they seem to be constantly fighting with their imaginary neighbors. It is well into June and this will probably be a second nest for experienced parents, or a first if they are new to the routine this year. 




Hubby says they are defending their territory and seeing reflections of themselves in the windows around the house and I am sure he is correct. I am startled some mornings when I go to make coffee and find both of them peering in from the kitchen windowsill only inches from my nose until I flick on the light and they fly away.




A few years ago it was the constant and gentle tapping of the male Cardinal and that went on for about a month.  Cardinals do not nest in boxes, so they must have a had a nest high in the trees somewhere.  I wonder if I will miss the Blue Birds as I did the Cardinal.

11 comments:

Marie Smith said...

To be witness to such rituals and creatures is wonderful. Not too many get to do it!

The Furry Gnome said...

We had a Bluebird that did that to our car mirror, in a Kentucky campground.

Mage said...

I miss the crows that used to live in our trees. That said, I am enjoying the red headed finches and sparrows that now visit the new bird feeder next to the office window.

messymimi said...

They expend so much energy defending their territory i wonder how they have time to raise a family.

Celia said...

Little blue packages of energy. The Audubon here has put up boxes for the bluebirds here. They've appeared here only recently but seem to be thriving.

Got a crow's nest in the tree by the patio but the squirrels warred for it and won. I miss the crows.

Linda Reeder said...

Those little blue birds are so cute. We don't have them here. I enjoyed your telling of their antics.

Studio Maywyn said...

Adorable they are.
I'm glad you've have the opportunity to be part of their world.

ellen abbott said...

Birds are so weird sometimes. It could be that they see you and it is you they are trying to ward off. I know the birds see me through the window where the teacup hangs because I can always tell new ones who are timid and easily frightened away by my movement. Others are so used to me and I swear make the connection between me and filling the teacup with seed. When it's empty, they will give me the stink eye and fuss at me.

sonia a. mascaro said...

Very beautifu birds, Tabor! Great photos!

Wishing you and yours a lovely Sunday!

Snaggle Tooth said...

I too am a bit jealous of your bird company! Cute pics of them probably admiring them selves!

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful Blue Bird, love your photos.