By Chuck Cagara
Each spring we anxiously await the arrival of beautiful Western Bluebirds, hoping they will choose our nest box to settle in. Again this year they came around and inspected the digs with the female beginning to fly in with nesting material.
And, again for the second year in a row, a Plain Titmouse got wind of the operation, rushed in and unceremoniously evicted the bluebirds. The Western Bluebirds (among the most lovely of species) are not aggressive enough to ward off the interlopers. Titmice and House Wrens are the main competitors to the bluebirds when seeking nesting space.
So, here are the recent Titmouse hatchlings. When taking photos like this we wait for the mother to leave the nest either for food, or carrying a "poop" sac before carefully opening the box, holding a mirror above the nest and quickly snapping a pic or two.
Oh well, we'll have to wait again 'til next year. Thus the phrase, "hope springs eternal."