A Mother’s Day present

Mama delivered another blue egg on Mother’s Day.  I hope Daddy did something special for her.  Maybe I’ll give her extra meal worms in a little bit. I don’t know of anything she would appreciate more.

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.

Click photos to enlarge.

Second brood summary:

  • 07 May  First egg laid
  • 08 May  Second egg laid


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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