Another egg

A typical blustery, spring day. The wind is blowing, the sun is here and gone, had a few drops of rain and maybe a tornado warning this afternoon.  Still, Mama laid another egg.  Our bluebird brood is well on its way!

The birds weren’t out early like they normally are and I was a little apprehensive because I hadn’t seen them since the hawk episode yesterday. But, about 8:30 Daddy came for his breakfast of mealworms and Mama went into the box and stayed for some time.

It will be interesting to see how many eggs Mama lays in this first clutch. The eggs are pretty safe here, although I did see Daddy chasing a House Sparrow this morning. We don’t have many House Sparrows.  There is a reason for that.  I have a baffle mounted on the pole beneath the box that prevents snakes and raccoons from getting inside.

It’s difficult to get a feel for the size the eggs in the photos.  They appear larger than they are.  Here is a photo from Sialis (the most comprehensive BB site on the net) that will help with perspective.  About the size of a nickel.


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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4 Responses to Another egg

  1. kateri says:

    Pretty cool! I’ve never seen a blue bird egg. What fun to join you as you watch your bluebirds!

  2. I love the pictures, and it’s especially nice to see the size perspective. I was going to ask you (before I saw the eggs to scale picture) if all bird eggs are blue. I know robin eggs are blue. I’m assuming the others are from a tree sparrow and a horned owl, right?

    • lindell dillon says:

      Glad you’re enjoying, Judy. A Great Horned Owl lays a much larger egg. The one in the comparison is a House Wren, another common cavity nester. We have a pair of GH owls nesting for the second year in an abandoned RT Hawk nest on the creek. Carolyn and I got good looks at them a couple of nights ago. I saw one of their chicks through binocs this a.m. Difficult to get pics, nest is really high.

  3. very well written blog here! Keep up the good work and Happy Holidays!

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