Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Making bluebirds at home

Love begins by taking care of the closest ones ~ the ones at home.
-Mother Teresa

My sister-in-law, Devon, took this photo from inside her house recently.
It's time {Feb/March} for bluebirds to scout for nesting places.
I promised myself that this spring I would be ready
to warmly welcome bluebirds to my yard.

I have some open space {which they love}.
I'm hoping the bluebirds think there's enough.

is a great place to go for bird supplies and education.
I'm sure they have some helpful ideas for me.

I love their outdoor live camera.
Right now, it's poised to give us a glimpse into the lives of a Barred Owl family;
Mama, and her two owlets, Sarah and Percy.

How fun is that?!

My simple challenge right now is to make a bluebird mama happy with a new home.
Do you have bluebirds nesting nearby?
I'd love some advice!

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Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration.
-Charles Dickens

The light is what guides you home, the warmth is what keeps you there. 
-Ellie Rodriguez

There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort. 
-Jane Austen

Where thou art - that - is Home. 
-Emily Dickinson
Wishing you
Peace, Warmth, Comfort and Love.

Have a beautiful day today,


francis said...

Maria , how special to numer one
( who sends a comment )
I miss my tree very very much since spring is around the corner .
It was always a true wonder to watch the magical way how all would come out of the little buds .
So graceful ......
I must not be sad . In Japan is so much to be sad .....
Let's be thankfull !
Wish you well .

Wanda..... said...

We have 3 nesting boxes that Bluebirds use to raise families, sometimes 2 families a season... love hearing their quiet chatter in the trees...they have a sound all their own. Wishing you luck Maria...make sure entrance hole is 1-1/2 inches in diameter.

Diana said...

I've seen bluebirds in the yard but haven't spotted any nests. Those Owls looked so cute Maria!
Love Di ♥

Farmgirl Cyn said...

For the past 2 years we have had bluebirds stick around thru our icy, cold winters! We have some crazy, huge, berry, weedy things that we used to cut down and now let grow like Jack in the Beanstalk's vine, and they love to eat those berries all winter long. We have several nesting boxes, but alas...shortly after the bluebird parents move in, the swallows force them out. Not sure where they go from there, but we see them all year long, in spite of that.

Anonymous said...

good morning Maria
this is such a happy post
i love bluebirds...
but i have problems with
the swallows too :(
i hope you get a BB
family in your box...
have a great day

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Oh I need to learn and get a bird house..we have them fly around our beautiful. Now you have me interested in learning...thanks! Enjoy your visitors this year.

Lori's page said...

Beautiful!!! So delightful. Lifted my heart, thanks Maria, the right words for me today. I have enjoyed lunch in the garden today and heard lovely chirps and seen bumble bees, delightful! Hope one of the chirps belonged to a bluebird, although not seen one. Take care, love, Lori xxx

koralee said...

Oh Maria...we do not have bluebirds up here in my area...I have NEVER seen one..that would be my dream.

I do love the birds we have and enjoy their sweet song outside my window.

Sending you a day filled with joy and love.

I have 3 more days of school and then off for Spring Break for 2 weeks....I think I can make it!


Mrs. M said...

Such lovely post...

I have a big cage of lovebirds in my garden and in the morning they are joined by other free birds perching in my pomegranate tree. So I always wake up in the morning listening to their sweet songs.


Hazelmarie Elliott (Mattie) said...

These are beautiful pictures, and your quotes carry a timeless message that warms the thoughts of everyone.

As always, your blog brings the greatest joy!

Enjoy the day,

It's me said...

Lovely picture !!..nice bluebird !!!..happy day

Wanda said...

Dear Maria ~ Just love that first photo. We have sparrows, a few house finches and several doves, but NO Bluebirds. I've never seen any around our neighborhood.

I do love watching our birds in the back yard.

Linda said...

I have missed stopping by this lovely corner Maria. It is such a peaceful, beautiful place.
I don't think we have bluebirds here, but I'm looking forward to seeing if you can entice some to your home. I think they would be silly not to come!

Rosie said...

Fun doesn't even start to cover it...What fabulous view. My little finches are scooting out the two nests that are tucked up in the corner of my front porch. I love when they start checking it out, as I know the warm weather is on it's way.
Those are beautiful snappies, as usual...:)Wishing you a Happy, Happy day my dear Maria...xoxox...Rosie

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh Maria, these little guys are my FAVORITE, but we don't have them here. We have the GORGEOUS and aggressive CARDINALS that fight over who is going to live in our backyard! And only blocks away, the BLUEJAYS live, but here in our neighborhood? NOT A ONE! Oh thank you for this view into spring; we are finally having a thaw, but there was such a LARGE amount of snow this winter that it will take weeks of higher temps to melt it all, but we are grateful. THANK YOU FOR VISITING ME and yes, LOVE AND LIFE CONQUERS all for we are NOT SPIRITUAL BEINGS HAVING A HUMAN EXPERIENCE, but rather SPIRITUAL BEINGS HAVING A HUMAN EXPERIENCE. That is a quote from a French priest, I believe....and how true. What will last is the most important and though this shell is precious, it is only a container, for lack of a better term! HAVE A MARVELOUS DAY and may you see more of these precious little things!!! Anita

The Captain's Daughter said...

We have several pair scouting around our property right now and I'm thrilled about their choice of locations! :)

Happy Spring, dear friend!

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Wow, bluebirds are BEAUTIFUL. I believe this is the first time ever I see one! I hope you will manage to welcome a lovely bluebird family in your backyard, sweet Maria. If only a bluebird couple would know what a wonderful hostess you are, they would hurry and settle down in your yard right away. Keep us posted.
Huge hugs for the rest of your day, I am almost off to a parents meeting at school, the subject is temperaments, sounds interesting, doesn't it?

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Hi Maria, I try to find a way to comment over at Doreen's blog, but I cannot find a link I can click on. Does Doreen have a blog?
xxxx ~ xxxx

Marg said...

As you wrote about taking care of the birds, my mind quickly whipped over to the verse in the Bible that talks about taking care of the sparrows and birds in the fields, how much more will your heavenly Father give care to his children. That's where I am right extra care to my adult children, which need support.
I have purchased that book and am reading my way through 1000 Gifts. It's so moving and inspiring.

Julie Harward said...

I love those pictures. I can put feeders out and they just don't come..too open and wide expanse here I guess. I am seeing blue birds and some with yellow on their backs and wings..very pretty! ;D

dcrelief said...

Hi Maria.
I love my bluebirds; time to get new homes for them.
Also I loved watching your sidebar video, 'my sweet rain' :)
Thank you for your encouraging post. ~ Dixie

*✿*millie meadowsweet*✿* said...

your blog is so sweet
it has been a joy to pay a little visit :o)

warmest wishes


LindyLouMac in Italy said...

What a beautiful shot your sister in law got of the little bird.

Gloria said...

What a beautiful photo that is! I can't say I have actually seen a bluebird. I don't think we have them here. We have a lot of bluejays, which are pretty, but not as sweet as this bluebird.

I love all of your heartwarming quotes that go along with this beautiful picture today...:)

Have a wonderful weekend, my dear friend.

xoxo Gloria

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful shot, and such inspiring quotes too.

Barb said...

Hope Bluebirds come to nest and bring you even more happiness, Maria. There are no little Bluebirds at my altitude but by the river in town the elementary school children have made homes that I've heard are successful in drawing them to nest.