I expect this record heat wave in Oklahoma and Texas has taken a toll on most wildlife this summer. It has certainly affected the bluebirds’ nesting efforts. I removed the nest and eggs yesterday. I think Mama would continue to sit on her eggs til Hell freezes over. I checked the egg contents and neither had formed an embryo.
I haven’t seen Daddy in 3 or 4 days and that is unusual. I always get worried that a hawk may have gotten him if he goes AWOL for a day or two. Mama had a good breakfast of mealworms this morning by herself. I’ve watched her check out the nest box a few times. She seems a little puzzled that her nest and eggs have disappeared. It’s over 100 degrees today and 100’s out as far as the forecast goes. At least she is out of that super-heated box. Surely they won’t attempt another nesting this summer.
Fourth brood summary:
- Dates for nest building unknown
- First egg laid ~01 August
- Second egg laid ~03 August
- Incubation began 05 August
- Nest and eggs removed 21 August