I’ve never seen the show The Bachelor, but I’m pretty sure I’ve been watching the bird version played out in my own backyard.
Three female Bluebirds have been shamelessly vying for the attention of a lone male. The poor fellow can’t get a moment’s peace. If he flies to the Bark Butter branch…
…then you can be certain one of the ladies will be landing there as well.
If he stops in for a drink of water, then suddenly one of them has developed quite a thirst.
Looks like he’s doing his best to ignore her, wouldn’t you say?
If he lands on the limb…you guessed it…she shows up!
Now, pairing up isn’t suppose to take place for a couple more months, but these gals seem to have set their sights on this handsome male. When they are not bickering with each other, they are following him about from one place to another.
When I was watching the drama unfold yesterday, he managed to slip away and hide from his harem for a bit. I think he disappeared for a quick bath in the front yard, because he returned with a wet-feathered look, and a don’t bother me expression.
Later, I had to laugh when he landed on the deck rail to munch on some mealworms.
Before he could finish his snack, one of the females was in hot pursuit. I think she wanted him to offer her some food, but he is not quite ready to declare a mate and opted to let her fend for herself.
He looked none too pleased by her presence.
I want to urge this aggressive trio to back off a bit, maybe play a little hard to get; but I fear my pleas would fall on deaf ears.
And as for the poor male…I guess beauty is a burden he is destined to bear.
I’m not sure how long this drama will last, but I have to say, it is far more entertaining than any show on television.