One of my favorite “spring has arrived” times is when the tree sparrows come back. I love their aerial displays and magnificent color, not to mention how much they reduce the mosquito population. This morning I watched them buzzing around a bluebird box (they also often use nest boxes). I knew the box was occupied since I was at this spot last week and saw the bluebird couple bringing in nesting material. This morning, I watched the bluebird couple on a nearby fence more or less ignoring the tree sparrows until they actually landed on the box. One bluebird flew over and proceeded to tell them about themselves. Bluebirds are pretty tough little birds. Click on pictures to enlarge.
And stay out!