Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Warning: Birds at Work
I like the distinct markings of yellow-shafted flickers. Very easy to recognize and large enough to spot at a distance. They're as big as a robin, maybe a little bigger actually.
Yesterday I saw something rare for our place, two bluebirds. Hope they will stay. We do have a house for them but the swallows usually grab it quickly. Speaking of swallows, the purple martin house is filling up and I presume we'll soon be fighting the battle to keep barn swallows from building a nest in the rafters on the inner part of our patio. They make too much of a mess to let them alone, and last year although we gave up on keeping them out, it was so hot up there that the two babies died.
Maybe Scaredy Cat will scare them away. She's hanging out on the patio more and more.