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FROM READERS: Backyard bluebirds make a housing choice

By John Hall/Missourian Reader
May 1, 2012 | 1:07 p.m. CDT
Missourian reader John Hall shares pictures of bluebirds in his backyard on a spring weekend.

John Hall frequently photographs his mid-Missouri surroundings, and he has been sharing his images with the Missourian for several years.

For most of the weekend, Lester and Lessie, the bluebird parents to be, were out scouting which apartment in my backyard they wanted to call home this summer. For a while they seemed to be favoring the older home but yesterday afternoon, overnight and into mid afternoon today, after torrential rains, it caused them to take another look at the better home in the garden (The origination of "Better Homes and Gardens").

They flew around it most of the afternoon inspecting the roof and attempting to gauge the distance from a nearby tree and a high voltage line that is near their dwelling. They love sitting on the line and in the tree  in order to keep an eye on the home place when they aren't in it.

After the rain stopped this afternoon, they asked me to come outside and discuss matters with them. They thanked me for the photos I took of them yesterday and that was instrumental in their decision making process. They sent those photos to some of their family member by "b-mail" (that stands for bluebird mail) and the responses they received in return seemed to indicate that the family wasn't all that excited about "1709 Oleo Acres."

Lessie asked me to take some photos of them. Lester was busy bringing furniture into the home but Lessie wasn't all that excited about it. She kept giving Lester some "guff" about his choice of home furnishings. Frankly, about all Lessie did was pose for photos and do quite a bit of preening. Because this is a family oriented photo site I didn't share the more than 300 poses that the pair did for the camera.

The home for Les and Less (shortened names) will be in the center of the largest tomato patch in the yard. They promised to keep an eye on things and to consume, or share with their offspring, any bug that flies, crawls, walks or runs. I'm sure that some of you don't think I talk with the animals, like Dr. Doolittle, but I do. They don't always answer but that doesn't prevent me from having one way communication. I'm the modern day Dr. Doolittle, for in my retirement years, I "Do-Little," to which anyone who knows me can attest.

Okay, now that we have the Les and Less family matter taken care of I can start on a new photo theme. That theme may well be "How high can the water get in the tomato patches before the plants drown?"

This story is part of a section of the Missourian called From Readers, which is dedicated to your voices and your stories. We hope you'll consider sharing. Here's how. Supervising editor is Joy Mayer.