Mama isn’t a spring chicken anymore and doesn’t seem to be an early morning bird. I can identify with that. I’ve read most bluebird eggs are laid the first two hours after daylight, but Mama’s efforts have come from mid-morning to noon. Just about noon today she laid her fifth egg. I’m still guessing there may be another.
I went out to check at 11:30 and she was still in the box. About noon I looked out the window and saw her sitting on the box. Her chest was puffed out and she was standing tall. I told Carolyn that Mama looks so proud of herself, I’m sure she has laid another egg. Those who have lived on the farm can recall how proud the cackling hens were when they laid an egg. Same deal.
The bluebirds know me well and don’t dive at me when I open the box, but they are concerned. Daddy is bolder and stays close watching me. Mama is not quite so brave and watches from afar. As soon as I leave, they fly to the box to look in and make sure their precious eggs are alright. This is Daddy watching me.
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- 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
- 25 March Fifth egg laid