Friday, March 4, 2011

House Hunting

This past Monday, while I was outside giving Moon and Copper their breakfast, I heard an excessive amount of chirping going on.  It was so "busy" and loud, to me, it sounded like someone was really upset in the bird kingdom!  As I looked around, I saw the Goldfinches perched high in the branches above me.  It wasn't them.  Nor was it the Nuthatches or the Titmouse.  As I looked in the direction of the chattering, which honest to goodness was incessant, I spotted the culprits.  

I had two pairs of Eastern Bluebirds shopping for homes.  One pair, who was not squabbling seemed to have selected their box without much bantering.  Both were swirling and twirling in the air around each other.  They were in love...you could tell!  It was absolutely adorable!  However, the other couple was apparently torn on which box they wanted along the opposite side of the fence line.

Oh my!  The female was just chirping away as if she were trying to "sell" him on the first house.  He just didn't want to hear it and chirped louder and louder, never giving in!  I couldn't help but laugh right out loud!  I was mesmerized by the whole episode.  I just stood there watching in amazement.  In a tither, she flew from the fence and landed on the roof of the box.  Reluctantly it seemed, he gave in and flew to the box.  Again, the chattering...back and forth.  When was the bickering going to end?

In a huff, she flew off into the apple tree and sat on a limb.  He followed.  Then, they both flew off to the  second box.  Once again, she was ranting and raving (if birds do such a thing).    The next thing I knew, they flew off into the woods, away from both boxes!  I thought for sure, they were heading for divorce court!  I almost wanted to shout out, "get a good lawyer, honey!"  But I refrained.

On Tuesday, I spotted the happy couple once again.  No, not the first couple...the ones who made their decision without much of a discussion...they were already collecting dead grasses and seemed to be enjoying  marital bliss!  By the happy couple, I mean the couple who reminded me of The Honeymooners, Ralph Kramden and his wife, Alice.  Well, apparently Alice won the battle, because they were very "lovie dovie" and busy gathering dried grasses as well.  Then I watched intently as he headed over to the feeder to catch a free lunch while her back was turned.  She was inside the box working!  Always an opportunist, that Ralph! 



So, here's Ralph with a full belly, sitting on the home she chose. 
Where's Alice you ask?  You might want to look up because I heard him say to her... 
"POW, Alice, right to the moon!"

P.S.  I'm linking up with Verde Farm for Farm Friend Friday.  Hope to see you there!


14 comments:

Cathy said...

Ahh...Springtime love birds! Let us know when the babies arrive. If they didn't agree now just think what it will be like then. More chattering for sure.

Buttons said...

I cannot wait to see my bluebirds again. We have about 20 bluebird boxes around our house and they come back every year. They are beautiful. The sparrows sometimes get to the nests first.

Nancy@A Rural Journal said...

What a cool photo, JP. We have a wren pair that fight to move in to the prime spot every year -- the hood that covers our farm light. They are so fun to watch! :)

texwisgirl said...

So cute!!! Don't you wish you could understand their language sometimes? :)

Jill said...

Bluebirds are so beautiful.. I just noticed a pair hanging around my yard. Spring is in the air!

Sandy said...

What a great post! I really enjoyed reading this, probably as much as you enjoyed watching their antics.

Jane said...

What a great story. I believe there's a hidden writer in there somewhere. Blessings jane

forestwalk/laura k said...

cute story!! aaaah...spring, yes! the birds! love your COUPLE you got there!! what a bright blue! so much bluer than the ones here...

maybe i need to get onto sam about building bird boxes! ha! (i'm still waiting for my bat house!!) :laura

Angela said...

Great story! I love the bluebirds too! A few years ago one actually had a nest under my hostas in my flower bed right beside the house! I couldn't believe it! Makes me wonder now who chose that location! lol

Have a Wonderful Weekend!
Angela

Chatty Crone said...

I am with you JP - I am a bird watcher and bird lover too - I even have bluebirds in my backyard. Love them. sandie

Teresa said...

How fun! I just love watching how the birds and other animals interact with one another. People aren't so much different.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

So fun! I watched a guy working his... wings... off building a nest in my birdhouse. He finally sat there twirping and she came to take a look. In less than one minute, she was pulling all of his 'fluff' out of the birdhouse, throwing it on the ground!!! I had to laugh, even in the animal kingdom, the guys stuff is never good enough:@)

Linda said...

I love bluebirds but we get them so seldom......just coming and going.

Verde Farm said...

Oh how I love bluebirds!! So great to see them house hunting and choosing your house :) I just love that!! Thanks for sharing with FFF.

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