I’ve read that most bluebird eggs are laid early in the morning, but Mama seems to always lay a little later. More like mid-morning to noon. Looks like the second brood is on the way.
It’s a common myth that bluebirds will remove a nest before starting a brood. They won’t. But I’ve also read that they generally build a second nest on top of the first which puts the eggs and babies closer to the entrance and more vulnerable to something like a raccoon reaching in. These birds didn’t build on top of the existing nest; just put a little more grass in as lining and that was it.
I’m still apprehensive about the mockingbirds nesting so close. They have been busy carrying more sticks (the one in the pic is more like a bush) into the honeysuckle today. So far I haven’t seen any sign of aggression on the part of them or Daddy. Maybe these two feisty birds can form an alliance that will be tough on trespassing sparrows. The mockers will even take on hawks and chase them. That’s my hope at least.
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Second brood summary:
- 07 May First egg laid
- 08 May Second egg laid