What’s Up? – Trouble in Paradise…

Trouble in Paradise…


Although our weather remains erratic, we are presented with cold mornings that in the afternoon get warm and sunny.

The official first day of spring,  At 7:00 am. was 31º F and gradually the temperature increased, the sky was clear, by noon it was already over 50º F. and sunny. I had the great pleasure to see approximately 5 Eastern Bluebirds arrived. They looked around and then one couple (M&F) stayed, the rest just took off.  Within minutes they were picking twigs and nest material for the cedar box bird house I installed some years back. These birds  were totally into building the nest.

Some time later, I saw a male and female American Robins walking  around  picking worms from the ground. I shot some pictures of them too! … Then I noticed some commotion going on under the trees. It was the male robin chasing and fighting with the male bluebird. The robin was a better contender but after 2 or 3 minutes of fight and chases. Suddenly, out of the trees the other 3 bluebirds showed up and attacked the robin, the latter, made the smart decision to retreat.

The bluebirds are tough fighters, no doubt. After all the ado there was peace.  The  couple of bluebirds continued their task to have their nest ready.  No more problems after that.

As you can see, there are problems even in paradise!


Short Photo Gallery



Eating Lunch With…


Yellow-Rumped Warbler


Yellow-Rumped Warbler


© HJ Ruiz – Avian101

20 thoughts on “What’s Up? – Trouble in Paradise…

  1. I am looking forward to following the antics of the Eastern bluebirds. I stayed in southwest Saskatchewan a few years ago and there were two couple in boxes next to each other, a pair of Eastern and a pair of Mountain Bluebirds.

    • I’ve noticed through the years of seeing the bluebirds, they are not well liked by other birds. They always get in fights with other birds. They never mingle nor they stay after they get their fledgling. They simple disappear soon after. Thanks! 🙂

      • I guess it depends on whose side you’re on. I think their main threat around here nest wise is Tree Swallows. They’re insectivores too… which strikes me as more “independent.” So much for The Bluebird of Happiness.

  2. Interesting how the Bluebirds group against the Robin especially while the nest is being built. We see this with our Miners and Magpies where extended family help protect the nest.

    • Birds, like other animals have a deep sense of property (nest) but nothing else. They usually share other things, I suppose they are there for everyone. Thank you for sharing Ashley. 🙂

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