Wordless Wednesday…Wee Ones

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Wordless Wednesday…Wee Ones


The wait is over. We have our first brood of bluebirds for 2023!!


Larry and I volunteer to monitor and maintain bluebird boxes at Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve where we take our daily walks.  We have 5 boxes now but this particular one has been the most productive. 

I think that the hard freeze and snow we had in February of 2021 impacted all wildlife and plants. We have no idea how many birds were lost that year but since then the boxes have not seen as many nests. 


We report our stats to a site that monitors wildlife. In fact, Larry gets a reminder if he hasn’t logged in every few days after the eggs have been laid. We check the nest at least every other day and continue to do so until just before they are ready to fledge. (We stop checking the box so the birds will not want to leave too soon)




We have another nest that looks like it’s move-in ready. The “buyers” may be waiting for the appraisal or inspection. 

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Comments (21)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Kathy.... I have no doubt your nests will pass inspection and appraisal will come in high!

Mar 15, 2023 05:07 AM
Kathy Streib

Nina Hollander, Broker Guess what...that other box had buyers who moved in when we checked this morning! One egg so far!

Mar 15, 2023 05:31 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Kathy Streib hi Kathy... those birds know a 5-star hotel when they see one!

Mar 16, 2023 04:07 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kathy. Puts a reason in the necessity of your morning walks. You and Larry should be congratulated for your efforts. Enjoy your day.

Mar 15, 2023 05:11 AM
Kathy Streib

Thank you Wayne Martin  I believe there was a movement years ago to  place these boxes in areas for bluebirds. Development has hurt the trees that some of the birds used for their nests. 

Mar 15, 2023 05:32 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Is it fair to assume that you staged the boxes and that is what has led to them being populated again?

Mar 15, 2023 05:27 AM
Kathy Streib

Brian England LOL Larry gets the credit for that. After the babies fledge, he takes them home to be cleaned thoroughly. We take them back out the next day. 

Mar 15, 2023 05:34 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Kathy - thank you for this nest progress report.  It's interesting to learn that there is a site for updates and stats.  Talk about data preservation.   

Mar 15, 2023 05:38 AM
Kathy Streib

Michael Jacobs oh yes, and they will sent you little reminders if you haven't checked on a box that has a nest in it. 

Mar 15, 2023 05:35 PM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

We have been inundated with various birds in a suet feeder.

I never had a bird feeder and liked the idea of these suet cakes with no seed mess everywhere.

So glad to see the baby bluebirds in the nest.

Mar 15, 2023 06:03 AM
Kathy Streib

faye schubert our birds love the suet that we put out!  I cut up fruit for the birds as well. Cardinals love it!!! 

Mar 15, 2023 05:36 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kathy,

Good for you and Larry for volunteering to gather data while you are talking your morning walks. Great combination of activities! Thank you for keeping us updated and love the photo and video clip!

Mar 15, 2023 06:27 AM
Kathy Streib

Dorie Dillard Austin TX Thank you!!!  We have so much fun checking for a nest in the boxes and I don't know who gets more excited...Larry or me. 

Mar 15, 2023 05:37 PM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

They are so tiny.  Hope they grow and soor. Bill 

Mar 15, 2023 06:39 AM
Kathy Streib

Bill Salvatore - East Valley they really are tiny. Believe it or not, they can fly almost immediately when the fledge. It takes a bit and some are wobbly but they can fly. 

Mar 15, 2023 05:38 PM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great post!  Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day!

Mar 15, 2023 06:55 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Kristin Johnston - REALTOR® love your new profile photo!!!!!

Mar 15, 2023 05:38 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Kathy, I look forward to future photos of this family moving into their new Condo in Houston!

Mar 15, 2023 07:07 AM
Kathy Streib

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 we're hoping that 3 of our other boxes will have nests but you never know. 

Mar 15, 2023 05:39 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

how sweet! That is very nice that you volunteer to track and monitor the nests.. I hope to see more photos as they progress! 

Mar 15, 2023 07:56 AM
Kathy Streib

Lise Howe we have new tenants in our blue bird box at home but they're not blue birds!!! 

Mar 15, 2023 05:40 PM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

How cool and what a great way to help and preserve natural wildlife.

Mar 15, 2023 08:24 AM
Kathy Streib

Leanne Smith I'll continue to check on some of the boxes but when the grass gets higher, Larry treks through it. No snakes for me!!!

Mar 15, 2023 05:41 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow Kathy, already for the box watching and production already.  Good.  Did you pick Houston to win it all?

Mar 15, 2023 08:52 AM
Kathy Streib

Will Hamm I did!!! However in full disclosure, I did 3 pools and picked KU in one of them. Who did you pick????

Mar 15, 2023 05:43 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Kathy, for this update on your bluebird family.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Mar 15, 2023 01:12 PM
Kathy Streib

Thank you Roy Kelley Hello to Chef Dolores. 

Mar 15, 2023 05:44 PM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Kathy Streib Very interesting new hobby that and Larry have here. Best Wishes for your new Bluebirds. 

Mar 15, 2023 01:18 PM
Kathy Streib

Jerry Newman i'm not sure how we got into it but here we are...bird people! LOL

Mar 15, 2023 05:45 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

So sweet seeing the little ones moving around and wanting food!  This must make both of you smile Kathy!

Mar 15, 2023 03:26 PM
Kathy Streib

Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker we love it!!! it's hard for me to see inside the box so Larry is the one who usually checks on them. He's also the one who gets dive-bombed.

Mar 15, 2023 05:51 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

We know about the dive bombing!  That goes on in our yard too!  How come it's hard for you to see inside?  They're so sweet!!

Mar 15, 2023 06:21 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy we are still more than a month away from seeing anything like that.  Enjoy!!!

Mar 15, 2023 04:56 PM
Kathy Streib

George Souto our weather turned a little cooler this week but thankfully not too cold for the birds. 

Mar 15, 2023 05:52 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

What a great pastime.  I don't know if I've ever seen a bluebird, but the eggs sure are blue.

Mar 15, 2023 07:59 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy loved this post, no matter what goes on in the world life continues:)Endre

Mar 15, 2023 10:21 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Those baby birds look so very vulnerable when they are naked like that.

Mar 15, 2023 11:47 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Mar 15, 2023 11:52 PM