It’s looking like three eggs is going to be it for the third clutch. Mama laid the third egg on 26 June and began spending afternoons in the box on 28 June. She is incubating. It’s so hot that sometimes she sticks her head out to get some air. At least she has some water just a few feet away.
Daddy hangs around and keeps the interlopers out of the yard. Both the parents still join me for breakfast in the mornings. This is a shot of Daddy on the mealworm feeder. When he is eating, he swallows the worms one at a time. If he gathers more than one, he is taking them to one of the juvies or Mama. These were delivered to one of the second brood juvies that was in the yard.
The mockingbirds are still hanging in the yard. The two young are almost as large as the parents now and follow them. They are learning to hunt, I’ve seen them doing the wing-raising routine and catching bugs. The mockers now have four eggs in their nest in the holly in the front yard. There is less stress on the bluebirds now that we have a house between the two nests.
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We are going to Texas for Independence Day, so I won’t be reporting for a few days. But once incubation starts, there isn’t much to report anyway. If Mama began incubating on 28 June and we use a 13-day incubation period, the eggs should hatch on July 11.
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
- 28 June Incubation began