Mama laid her third egg on 09 May. This is the fourth day she hasn’t produced another egg and that is unusual. I’m not quite sure what to make of it. If she were finished with the clutch, she should be setting the eggs and she isn’t. Guess we will just have to wait and see what happens.
It’s difficult to age birds, but from watching Mama, I suspect she is an old bird. Her body may be slowing down on her. I can identify with that. Overall, she isn’t nearly as active as Daddy. He is always on the move and is one feisty little bluebird.
Daddy continues to bring the juvies back for breakfast and they are in and out of the yard during the day. They are getting used to me and will come to the feeder now. Sometimes they eat worms on their own and sometimes they sit there begging for one of the parents to feed them even though there is a pile of worms in front of them. Typical juveniles, I’d say. Sometimes they behave as adults, sometimes they act like children.
The mockingbirds have finished the circular structure of their nest of small sticks and are now lining it, so they should be laying soon. I also have a pair of crows that eat breakfast here every morning. I throw chicken scratch on the vacant lot next door and doves, native sparrows, cowbirds and the crows are feeding there. Juncos feed in winter, but are long gone. The past two
A juvie begging Daddy to feed him worms. He did. Click to enlarge.
mornings the crows and mockingbirds have sparred. The mockers won’t take them on while on the ground. They harass the crows with calls and feign charges trying to get them to fly. The crows quickly pick corn from the scratch and are obviously nervous about the mockers. But, the moment they take to the air, the mockingbirds are on them and chase them out of sight.