I had built the bluebird house from some plans I found on the internet about 3 years ago and I installed it on the post that also holds our mailbox and newspaper box, being too cheap and lazy to buy and install a separate post. I wasn’t sure how the bluebirds would get along with the postman and the paperboy, but it was worth a shot.
Apparently they got along famously because for the last two seasons we had good tenants who generally had 3 clutches of 4 bluebird hatchlings each year. So this spring seemed like no exception. When I took an early peak a couple of weeks ago, I spied only 3 eggs, so I immediately thought the new tenants we slackers but didn’t think too much about it, although the eggs did see a little smaller than last time.
Well after I put my shoes on and went to get the morning paper, I was greeted by a black capped chickadee on the lorapetalum bush next to the mailbox/bluebird house. He didn’t seem too concerned about me and flew off slowly to the nearby telephone line. So I decided to take a peak and see how my little bluebirds were doing and…………holy chickadee! No bluebirds….2 chickadees and one unhatched egg!!! Obviously we have squatters, but very cute squatters, see below.