Nature’s cycle is evident all over this red dirt hill the bluebirds and I call home. Spring is the season of renewal and there are lots of babies. The four mockingbird eggs are still incubating, the scissortails have a nest down by the pond where they are neighbors to a pair of Green Herons. We’ve seen baby box turtles, skinks, snakes and birds, but the cutest babies I’ve seen the past few days are the Killdeer.
These little guys can run like crazy when only a few hours old. They drive me nuts trying to get a decent pic. They won’t allow me near them and most shots are on the run– me and the birds. I finally hemmed one in against the pond last night and got a couple of close-up pics. Almost as cute as baby bluebirds- huh?
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I just checked the box and we still have two babies and one unhatched egg. I’m beginning to wonder if it will hatch. I’ll probably remove it tomorrow, if it remains. The babies have grown noticeably. The adults have little problem catching enough bugs for only two babies. The tedium of raising babies is in full force, though. It’s a constant cycle of catching bugs, poop patrol and guarding the nest.
Daddy had a little confrontation with a house sparrow yesterday. I happened to be looking out and saw the male land on the entrance to the box. Mama was inside and came out immediately, startling the sparrow. As soon as it took wing Daddy was on it, chasing it out of the yard. As I’ve mentioned previously, house sparrows will kill bluebird eggs, babies and adults for a nesting site. They will move right in and build a nest on top of the corpses. Had that sparrow gone in the box, Mama would have been in danger.
Second brood summary:
- 07 May First egg laid
- 08 May Second egg laid
- 09 May Third egg laid
- 14 May Incubation began
- 25 May Two eggs hatched, one remaining