Suggestions, Suggestions, Suggestions
June 4, 2011
I checked on the bluebirds this morning and they must have learned their lesson, at least for the time being. They are staying in the back of the box with the parents going inside to feed them. I thought this morning would have been a good time to get some still shots since the video equipment is out of town so to speak but not once did I see a little beak peeking out. Mommy and Daddy are still bringing in the food, one beak-full after another.
I was asked why sometimes in the still photos the Owl Box and the Bluebird Box look almost a bright orangish gold but most of the time they show up as a grayish weathered wood. Those photos are taken in what is called the sweet light just before and as the sun comes up giving everything a beautiful goldish tent. Almost all great landscape photos are taken at sunrise.
We have had many suggestions of how to protect the baby bluebirds with the most common suggestion being to take the perch off the box. If you look at the photo of the hawk, you will clearly see that she did not use the perch, so to take it off would not accomplish anything. Plus the bluebirds love the perch; if you notice they use it almost every time they come to the Bluebird Box. Some birdhouse builders say to use a perch others say they are not needed. We chose to use them because we find the birds like them. The only way to get rid of the hawk is to kill it or remove the Bluebird box and neither one of those solutions is acceptable. We will let nature take its course.
Also, I do not visit or read the SPO site ever (I don’t have time) but people send me notes of what’s posted there sometimes. Like last night I received an email saying that a lady had posted screen shots of Molly and McGee on the SPO site. The only problem was we were not broadcasting and the screen shots she sent me were of the Oceanside box, Sydney and Mel. Sorry, that’s not Molly and McGee.
Also, we support all the owl boxes and recommend you check them out. Each one gives you a different view of the owls. It is okay to discuss the other owls/owl boxes/birds in our chat room, but links are turned off. We don’t allow links in our chat room except those posted by our moderators for obvious reasons.
We hope to have the Bluebird Box back up live sometime Sunday morning.
All the best,
Carlos, Donna and Austin