Mama wasn’t in the box early, but instead was in the oak tree with Daddy, waiting on breakfast. Both of the birds are a lot more territorial with eggs in the box. I watched Daddy chase a chickadee off a feeder in the front yard and all the way to the creek. Later both birds were in hot pursuit of a mockingbird. Daddy was right on his back with Mama close behind. Mockers can usually hold their own with about any bird.
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I checked the box a couple of times through the morning and there were still only three eggs. At noon I went out to grill some sausages for lunch and decided to check the box again. I had pretty much convinced myself that there would not be an egg today since it is cool. I was pleasantly surprised to find a fourth egg. This could be the complete clutch, but since Mama laid 6 last year, I’m thinking one or two more.
Eastern Bluebirds in the North usually have larger clutches than those in the South, but southern birds may nest a third time. We will see what the season brings, but we are off to a good start.
- 14 March First sign of nest-building
- 16 March Nest completed
- 20 March First egg laid
- 22 March Second egg laid
- 23 March Third egg laid
- 24 March Fourth egg laid