Four and counting

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.

Summary:

  • 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
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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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2 Responses to Four and counting

  1. Hi Lindell, Those eggs are so lovely! I can’t wait to see the babies. Have a super great evening tonight and an equally wonderful day tomorrow.

  2. kateri says:

    What a pretty nest of eggs! Looking forward to seeing the babies when they hatch.

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