“The Nanny”

“The Nanny”
Before I talk about the Nanny, let me just say, Daylight Savings time is about the dumbest thing imaginable. Take an hour from the morning and stick it in the evening. This is one of the only days of the year I feel tired waking up. I think it is time for a march.
Okay, so this year I am observing an unusual situation and will keep you posted if it continues. I have contacted our local true birding expert for ideas, and he is with me on this one, it is unusual and we will wait and see what happens. One of the Bluebirds from last year’s broods is sticking around and not leaving home. I have a couple theories…last year the juveniles from the 2nd brood helped feed the 3rd brood and this is one of them and Mom and Dad are going to let her help this spring. Maybe it will help her as a Mom later in the summer to raise her own. She is hanging out, observing as the adults build the nest, but not participating in any of the bonding rituals the adults go through. She doesn’t go into the nestbox, but they let her sit on top of it. Their tolerance of her is something I have never observed. A second theory, that got a twist this morning is that is still too early for the birds to lay eggs and she isn’t being forced away yet. This morning there was a second young female at the feeders. All the younger males have been sent on their way to establish a territory, maybe this will be the case with the females soon. I will be interested to see if she develops a “brood patch” which is what the females get to incubate the eggs. Anyhow, this is what I love most about watching nature, it is always new twists that keep you learning.
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Canon 7Dii, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 400, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMasters, #SiruiPro, #SiruiUSA, #MindShiftGear

2 Responses to ““The Nanny””

  1. Wow. That’s fascinating. Be interesting to see how it plays out.

    • lilybug1960 Says:

      I will do that. I checked inside the nestbox today and there are two eggs, so it is very interesting they are letting her stay nearby.

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