Indoor & Outdoor Pets

Mountain Bluebird, male

Sunday, June 30, 2019

After rounding a corner, I saw perched nearby two very blue birds. It’s nearly three weeks after my barn’s early summer batch of bluebird babies fledged. Now, some or all of those now-maturing birds are returning to re-establish territory and help the parents feed new nestlings. They needn’t build a nest, for the same silly fragile one they established last year will do. Or will it? A month ago, a then-tiny baby fell out. Frtunately, I discovered the helpless thing before my cat saw it, and transferred that little bitty to a wild bird rescue. After that, my cat unhappily stayed indoors until the remaining nestlings matured and fledged. That was for me “bluebird round one.”

When this group’s newly-laid eggs hatch, I’ll renew bluebird watching. It’s a concern that new hay arriving soon could boost my cat toward their high nest in a tiny crevice. So, when we first hear new babies, I’ll count the days and watch for dropouts from the nest. As time for fledging draws near, the cat will find himself housebound.

Maxwell

A housebound Maxwell introduces the other problem of ensuring my tiny new canary’s safety. Her small cage isn’t strong enough to discourage the aggressive cat. So, in the upcoming weeks, I’ll be creative to provide her with a safer environment. Regardless, that’s anyway necessary before we’re faced with winter’s coldest days, when my cat stays indoors.

Dear Friends, Marauding birds can’t stumble across my bluebirds’ crevice nest. Diana

One thought on “Indoor & Outdoor Pets

  1. The wildlife in your area is lucky to have you watching out for them! Keep up the good work.😊🙋❤

    On Sun, Jun 30, 2019 at 7:38 AM Diana’s Morning Blog wrote:

    > trailriderincentraloregon posted: ” Mountain Bluebird, male Sunday, June > 30, 2019 After rounding a corner, I saw perched nearby two very blue birds. > It’s nearly three weeks after my barn’s early summer batch of bluebird > babies fledged. Now, some or all of those now-maturing birds are” >

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