As those of you in Oklahoma know, today is blustery! A dry line came through yesterday afternoon. It stalled right over us and thunderstorms fired up to the east, but not a drop of rain here. Much of western and central Oklahoma is experiencing the driest winter and spring since the dustbowl days. We desperately need a good rain. A cold north wind is blowing at 43 mph as I post. I decided not to open the nest box today. It’s difficult for the birds to fly in the wind, but Mama and Daddy are out hunting bugs while most other birds are hunkered down.
Daddy started off his day like every other with his breakfast of champions– mealworms. He always shares with Mama and the babies, though. If you have bluebirds around and want to attract them to your nest box, regular feeding of mealworms will clinch the deal. Bluebirds love them! You can buy them online or at pet stores. Some people who feed a lot even raise them. They are beetle larvae.
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Here is a pic of Daddy with a couple in his beak. He always gathers up a mouthful when taking them to the babies. I’ll post some new pics of the babies tomorrow when the weather is better.
- 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