National Geographic : 1954 Apr
When I tacked up weather strip, for example, I would have to hold him while I drove a tack; otherwise he would pull it before I had a chance to drive it in. Once the tack was driven, he pecked away at the weather strip. He always delayed my work; yet I could not bring my self to stop his amusing pranks. Sometimes I wondered if what we call jealousy was not a trait that was evinced in him. If a bird, even a much larger one such as a grosbeak, alighted on my shoulder, Bonnie would almost in variably drive him off. The first spring Bonnie showed no desire to mate. He wanted a nest built, all right, but only if I would build it. To me, and not to any of his kind, he brought his fa vorite worm or raisin. One would have thought this attachment to me, inexplicable as it was, should have ended when nesting season was over, but not at all. All sum mer long and through the winter I was the one to whom he brought his favors. If it was a meal worm, he hammered it until, in his estimation, it was fit for me. If it was a raisin, it must be broken and made soft. Holding this tidbit in his bill, he flew around the observatory, hunting me and calling with that peculiar call a bluebird uses when he in forms his mate or young that he has a treat. Nothing, however, smoothed his relationship with 8-year-old Little 525 Bernard Corby and Hance Roy Ivor The Author Entertains His Feathered Guests To study the behavior of birds, Hance Roy Ivor keeps this screened en closure lighted and oil-heated in winter. Here a bluebird shows its trust by coming to his hand. White dove and mourning dove perch above his head. Waxwings, orioles, thrushes, bluebirds, cowbirds, European blackbirds, and robins, including two albinos, feed at his feet. Mr. Ivor, a retired business man, gives his nesting birds part-time liberty to hunt food.