Like I’ve said before, observing eggs incubate is about like watching grass grow. Incubation began 14 May, so the eggs should hatch around 27 May. Daddy is splitting his time between visits to Mama in the box and his survival training for the juvies down on the creek.
I’m fortunate I have plenty of other yard birds to keep me occupied when the bluebird activity is low. And of course, the mockingbirds are entertaining to say the least.
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The juvies are venturing back into the yard after the mockingbird attack. When I fed Daddy worms this morning he gathered up a mouthful for the ‘younguns’ and flew to the creek. The juvies followed him back to the yard, ate some worms and visited Mama, who was inside the box. I guess she vocalizes because they seem to know she is in there. I stayed outside and kept the mockingbirds at bay.
A quick check of the mockingbird nest this morning revealed a fourth egg. I think it was just laid, appears to be the one on the left. This could be their complete clutch or she might lay one more egg. The mockingbirds seem to be getting more comfortable with my presence. I didn’t get dive bombed when I took the nest pic this morning. The adults sat on a nearby perch and just fussed a little.
We had a new bird visit the feeder not more than 25 feet from the bluebird box– a Painted Bunting. I’ve had a female in the yard a few times recently and was hoping she would bring in her mate. I think this is the most beautiful bird in North America. Buntings and bluebirds– a rainbow of feathers!
Second brood summary:
- 07 May First egg laid
- 08 May Second egg laid
- 09 May Third egg laid
- 14 May Incubation began