Today I am posting Yard Bird # 35, the bouncy House Wren. They've been here nearly a month, filling the yard with song. This nest box had 3 eggs in it several days ago, but today when I went to check it, there were no eggs - they were all on the ground under the box, broken. The box has a predator guard so I know the only thing that could have done this is another bird. My best guess is that a rival male House Wren showed up and, in his attempt to take over the female, he destroyed her nest (yes, they do that, as a way to ensure genetic superiority). The other option would be House Sparrows, but I find that doubtful as I've not had them hanging around lately.
When I approached the box to check it, this little head popped out. Was it the mother, wondering where her eggs were? Or was it a male, looking to take over the nest? A mystery...
It is shaping up to be kind of a strange nesting season here. The bluebirds have, thus far, not started a nest although a male periodically visits the box they have historically used, stopping to sing and going in and out of the box. Conversely, I am estimated that there are at least 4 catbird pairs nesting around the property. The chickadees are not using any of the nest boxes, but have a sight somewhere in the woods.
After a major computer meltdown this afternoon, I have finally gotten my powerpoint for tonight's Costa Rica presentation loaded on Hubs' laptop. Nothing like a little stress to set the tone.
I did some major housework today, after a good workout at the gym. So, sort of a double workput, if you consider vacuuming and mopping to be a form of exercise. I consider them to be a form of torture, but that is beside the point.