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.