High Temperature: 82F
Eastern Bluebirds are our most faithful birds. They are here year-round, greeting us with their chatter in the mornings as they sit on the wires high above us. We've done our best to keep them happy - installing wooden houses throughout the property, situated with the opening facing the east, as is their preference. They strike us as shy, serious, hard-working, and devoted to their offspring (and they have several broods per season). Just the type of neighbors we like having around.
You can see in the photo above the elaborate snake guard we've installed on all of our bluebird houses. This we learned from hard experience. Once upon a time, long ago, we came across not one but two snakes wrestling and twisting inside of a nest box. Heartbreaking.
Toad note: To the left is a fat and happy Woodhouse's Toad (bufo woodhousii). Notice how nicely he blends into the pebbles on the driveway! To hear the creepy call of this toad, click here.
Apparently they are quite common and like to do their bug hunting at night in lawns and under street lamps. Lights attract insects. We don't have much of a lawn, nor is there a street lamp within five miles, but we do have a nice variety of insects.