We had a wonderful trip to Texas over the Fourth. Lots of family, food, fireworks and swimming. We returned home yesterday afternoon and the truck thermometer showed 108 degrees as we turned into the driveway. I can only imagine how hot it must be inside the bluebird box. Mama is in there as I type with her beak protruding from the opening. I checked on the eggs and they look fine. Expected hatch date is 11 July.
A one second exposure of a pyrotechnic. I thought it portrayed what a flower painting by Picaso on drugs might look like. No relevance to bluebirds, just cool.
A strange thing happened in the mockingbird nest today. I checked the nest about 11:30 and found two eggs had hatched and a third had pip marks on it. The surprise was a fifth egg! Smaller than the others and mottled, but not like the others. I checked online pics of cowbird eggs since they are always around and this egg doesn’t really look like one. While I was out in the front yard I saw a Yellow-billed Cuckoo fly to the creek, the first one I’ve ever seen in our neighborhood. Sometimes they lay eggs in other birds’ nests. Fortunately, I took a photo because when I checked the nest again in two hours, the egg was gone. I assume the parents removed it. I’ve put out queries to some local birding experts to attempt to i.d. the egg.
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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