Mama has laid another little powder blue egg. Although she spent this morning in the box, she didn’t produce an egg. She definitely isn’t on a pattern of laying an egg a day. We had a break in the heat wave and enjoyed some showers this morning, so Mama was dry and comfortable, if unproductive.
Two of the second brood juvies visited briefly today, but left for the creek with Daddy when it started raining. We also have two of the juvie mockers staying close to the house. I think one is missing, probably the Click photos to enlarge.
one that got beaten up in the hail storm. They are really vocal, the parents are still bringing bugs and don’t have any trouble locating them. The little mockers and bluebirds are learning to bug, though. I’ve seen both catch insects in the back yard.
The bluebirds got a new birdbath today. It’s a small one I placed next the the shade bed near their nest box. Water will draw as many birds as food in hot weather and should be an integral part of a plan to attract birds. A birdbath shouldn’t be more than three inches deep and have a rough edge for footing. If you have one that is deeper, placing some rocks in it will entice more birds to use it.
This bluebird family has things much better than most– food, shelter, water and a body guard at their disposal. We really enjoy hosting these personable little birds. If you have bluebirds around, it’s worth the effort to put up a nest box. Hosting bluebirds is one of the easiest and best things you can do for the environment and yourself.
Third Brood Summary:
- 16 June First sign of nest building
- 20 June Nest completed
- 21 June First egg laid
- 23 June Second egg laid
- 26 June Third egg laid