Nest box battles! Bluebird edition

I wrote a post about nest box battles with tree swallows last year and this year I had the opportunity to see a similar nest box battle, but this time between tree swallows and a bluebird.  I love tree swallows but I was secretly rooting for the bluebird because she already had eggs in the nest and one of them was hatching…

Bluebird hatching

Video by Peter Marchetto
Tree swallow
I love swallows…they always look like they’re in the middle of a conversation
Tree swallow
They’re scheming about nest boxes
Tree swallow
Blue…(not really blue)
Tree swallow
Who’s a handsome birdy?
Tree swallow
When we first arrived the tree swallows were staking out the nest box
Tree swallow
Tree swallow
Tree swallow
This should clearly be mine because I’m shiny
Bluebird
The bluebird lady was sitting nearby
Bluebird
And she came to check on the eggs as soon as the tree swallows flew off
Bluebird
Bluebird
Bluebird
Bluebird
Bluebird
But they soon startled her away again
Tree swallow
Tree swallow
Tree swallow

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Pete checking out the eggs

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