Nothing eventful happening today. It’s a beautiful spring day. Mama and Daddy are staying busy catching bugs and feeding babies, although they don’t have to work as hard as last year when they had six mouths to feed in their first brood. The parents are skillful hunters and it doesn’t take them long to catch a bug. And of course, they get supplemented with a morning ration of mealworms.
Again I couldn’t get the babies to open their mouths. They are maturing fast and I think they now are displaying a ‘don’t move’ tactic because they regard me as a predator when I open the box. Daddy never dive bombs me as some male bluebirds do. He stays near when the box is open and pays attention, but seems to know I’m no threat. After all, I’m ‘the worm guy’!
A pair of Black-chinned Hummingbirds and a Ruby-throated one visited the yard today. The Pine Siskens were back and we had a flock of Cedar Waxwings. And, of course, we had the regular visitors. Photo is the Black-chinned male.
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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
- 08 April first 3 eggs hatch