Carolyn and I arrived back in Norman about 1:30 p.m. today. After quickly unloading the car, I went out back and checked the nest box. I opened the box and saw what looked like three hairy shrimp, but of course they are bluebirds. Their feathers were not yet dry and fluffed, indicating they hadn’t been out of the egg long. The shell particles had been removed by the parents and 2 eggs remain.
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I checked every two hours until 7:00 p.m. and the other two eggs still haven’t hatched. Mama is in the box as I post. I suspect she will spend the night keeping the unhatched eggs and babies warm. I put out some mealworms and Mama and Daddy gobbled them up, but didn’t take any to the babies. Instead they are catching very small bugs and feeding them. I made cheeping noises and one of the babies opened his mouth for this pic.
The other two eggs will probably hatch tomorrow. It’s not unusual for the hatch to take 24-48 hours. Good timing to arrive home just as the eggs are hatching. Stay tuned.
- 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
- 08 April first 3 eggs hatch