On a cool, sunny New England spring morning bluebird love was in the air.
After dropping my son off at school, I visited Red Wing Farm (a great open space in Chelmsford,Massachusetts to bird watch) and was fortunate to observe a pair of Eastern Bluebirds grazing upon fat grubs while perched atop their nesting box.
The bluebirds seemed a bit put off by me at first, but I kept my distance and was careful to keep my movements to a minimum. Soon the bluebirds seemed to forget about me and began to go about their business of collecting grubs and insects, and defending their territory from encroaching tree swallows that had set up a nest in a cluster of nest boxes on the opposite side of the meadow.
The female bluebird sang throughout the morning. She remained perched atop the nest box, bouncing from corner to corner cheerfully singing to her partner as he repeated his dash from tree to tree, snatching insects in mid-flight. Her sweet songs were rewarded with a gift of the fattest grubs of the morning. My reward was being able to watch (and listen) on a beautiful New England spring morning.
If you visit…
Red Wing Farm (Maple Road, Chelmsford, Massachusetts) is an ideal area for the bluebirds and for those who like to watch them. The several acre area, once an abandoned apple orchard covered in thick vines and tall grass, now has large open fields, edged by large forested acres and wetlands.
The Bruce Freeman Rail Trail is accessible from Red Wing and it features a wetlands viewing station, as well as several walking paths. Red Wing Farm part of the Chelmsford Conservation Commission and is maintained by Chelmsford’s Open Space Stewards.
These photos used with permission from Ed Haynes