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June 25, 2012


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The Zen Birdfeeder

Ellen, I'd like to track down the phoebes that nest around us. I was hearing them daily, then poof, they're gone!
Barbara, I hope you look in on them next year. The nestbox pictured near the top of this page helps the monitoring process by allowing you to look in from the top vs. the side. You might want to consider one for next year (I'm moving to that type of box next year for an easier time checking and photographing).


There are six nests of tree swallows that have been fledging at different times for the past couple of weeks. I didn't have the nerve to open the boxes after I photographed the eggs - maybe next year... you've given us a beautiful set of images and great stories Nancy, thanks.

There is one baby swallow that is very aggressive and whenever the dogs and I approach one of the nest boxes it attacks and nearly hits me. I had to hold up my arm to stop it the other day. Hopefully it will have relaxed a bit today... fun to see the babies swooping around though - they seem to have so much fun when they first fly.

Thanks for a great series of posts.


It's so hard to say goodbye to the fledglings! Since our young phoebes fledged, I haven't seen them - they are probably off exploring this new world, just like your chickadees.

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  • Our eyes and ears should be open and alert to the natural wonders that surround us every day. Take time to look out our windows to see the birds that visit us and open our windows to hear them. Walk around whatever space we have to enjoy the birds in nature. Every day, work on improving our powers of observation.


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