A pair of Eastern Bluebirds are nesting about 15 feet from my front door in a nest box. Five nestlings are present---only a few days old.
Today I watched a Chipmunk foraging in the leaves, run into the yard (in the direction of the nest box). Immediately the male Bluebird dropped like a rock out of the branches above and dive-bombed the small mammal. The Chipmunk shot straight up and took off back into brushy area.
A Carolina Wren has been building a nest in a old plastic gourd which hangs in my open shed. I will keep everyone posted on the progress.