Three new babies today

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.

Click on photos to enlarge.

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.

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
  • 25 March Fifth egg laid
  • 08 April first 3 eggs hatch
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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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7 Responses to Three new babies today

  1. lindell dillon says:

    Mama has been in the box all morning. Finally she came out at 9:45, I checked and the other two eggs still haven’t hatched. Daddy has been catching small bugs and passing them in to Mama to feed the babies.

  2. Ron says:

    Great pics Lindell!

  3. Hi Lindell, Congratulations! How very exciting! I hope all will continue to go well for the family of Bluebirds. Have a great Sunday tomorrow!

  4. lindell dillon says:

    As of 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning, the remaining two eggs have not hatched. I’m hopeful they will, but baby birds grow fast and these two will be runts. I can tell the three babies have grown already. I’ll have pics and a post when their is more action.

  5. lindell dillon says:

    Monday, 9:00 a.m. The two eggs still have not hatched. I’ve read that there can be as much as 72 hours for a hatch and we are approaching that. Beginning to have doubts about the remaining eggs hatching. The babies are growing fast.

  6. Kimberly Roulet says:

    Glad you found the bluebird family well when you got home!

  7. Great picture and perfect description – hairy shrimp!

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