We have a pretty blue egg

Mama was in the box much longer than usual this morning. When I put out mealworms, Daddy came immediately and ate a few. I didn’t see Mama and the birds are always together. Then Daddy picked up a worm and flew to the box. He sat there a minute and then fed it to Mama through the hole.

I waited about 30 minutes and went out to check for an egg. I walked quietly up to the box, stopping a few feet in front.  I softly called Mama’s name and she peered out of the box. I knew she had been in the box about an hour now and was probably trying to lay an egg, so I quietly left.

Later, I saw both birds in the field behind the house, so I went back out and checked the box again. Yep. The prettiest blue egg you ever saw!  I can’t help but think that it might be more than coincidence that the first egg followed the big full supermoon.  I heard honking geese throughout the night. Sounded more like migratory geese heading north than the resident geese on the ponds.

Normally a female bluebird will lay an egg a day until the clutch is finished, but it is not unusual for them to skip a day. Last year’s first clutch had 6 eggs and the second 4 eggs. It’s an exciting day for bluebird hosts when they get their first egg.

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About lindell dillon

Lindell Dillon is retired and lives in Norman, OK. He grew up in Duncan, attended Cameron College and graduated from the University of Oklahoma. His interests include photography, nature, birding, and investing. Oklahoma Master Naturalist, alumnus Norman Police Department Citizens Academy.
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3 Responses to We have a pretty blue egg

  1. Hi Lindell, Wow! How exciting! Thanks for this fine and informative blog. I am so thrilled to see that the couple has taken steps toward raising their 2011 family! Congratulations!

  2. I’m was wondering if you would be able to get a picture of the pretty blue egg. Glad you were able to get it – it’s beautiful.

  3. lindell dillon says:

    Yes, I can get pics of the eggs. The birds are used to me and don’t get too upset when I open the nest box. The top doesn’t hinge, and the camera will barely fit against the roof, so obviously I can’t see the viewfinder. I just set it on ‘macro’ and fire a half-dozen shots, hoping one will be in focus and pointed at the egg. Hopefully we will get another egg today. I haven’t seen either bluebird since I saw that hawk and that worries me a little.

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