This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

bird house and bluebird update

My dad helped me with putting up a bird house at my plot. Well, he actually transported it, dug the hole, and put it up for me. I can't say I did more than take the photos. Thanks Dad! Its an old chickadee house that was in my backyard with no residents for many years. I'm hoping it may find an occupant at the gardens.

Here's an update on the bluebirds nesting in Rock Meadow. My parents and I went for a walk and checked the houses where I previously saw nesting bluebirds. I had seen three pairs. (My photos are here.) But that was before the tree swallows arrived. Now we could only find one of the pairs left. Its in a house at the far end of the meadow. The swallows are very aggressive and as we watched, it they swooped and dove at the bluebirds. I wonder if the bluebirds will stay to raise a family? Doesn't really seem likely. I'll keep an eye on them. Here's an excellent article on swallow-bluebird competition, that Jim pointed out to me. I was pleased to read that, though swallows are aggressive, bluebirds are larger and stronger and are able to defend themselves. Go bluebirds!


Rock Meadow Conservation Land, Belmont

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Blogger Jim Lemire said...

Swallows are always a problem to blue birds and people's efforts to provide houses for them. The swallows will take over the bluebird houses. At some Audubon sanctuaries I've seen swallows claim a house just seconds after it was installed.

Here's an informative site on the subject that I found doing a quick google search. Perhaps both species can be happy.

April 24, 2008 12:08 AM

Blogger kathy said...

A beautiful pair of tree swallows was in "my house" (the bird house my dad just put up) this morning. I thought it was a chickadee house. Guess its a swallow house.

April 25, 2008 6:02 PM


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