Monthly Archives: June 2012

Starting round two…

… or is it round three?  Mama started laying but disappeared before her eggs hatched.  Mama Too took over that nest minus eggs and hatched the two chicks that almost made it to fledging before succumbing to this awful heat … Continue reading

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Catastrophe strikes…

Hosting bluebirds is a tremendously rewarding experience.  It’s just plain fun and you feel like you’ve made a contribution to bluebird populations.  You get to know your birds and they even know you.  Bluebirds are just congenial little birds and … Continue reading

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It’s hot…

Temperatures are over 100 degrees this week and it’s obviously stressing the birds.  Mama T. is showing it in the pic.  She is using a technique called gular flutter to lose body heat.  Basically, it’s similar to panting.  The process … Continue reading

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The bluebird of happiness

As long as there are bluebirds, there will be miracles and a way to find happiness. – Shirl Brunnel, I Hear Bluebirds, 1984 The bluebird has long been associated with happiness.  The mythology goes back thousands of years around the … Continue reading

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Looks like a brood of two

The first day of summer finds two bluebird babies growing at warp speed. Baby birds aren’t babies very long.  Mama T. and Daddy are bringing a constant stream of small insects to the box and are on poop patrol.  Bugs … Continue reading

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Two and counting…

Just a quick update on the new  bluebird babies.  They are being well-cared for by the parents and growing fast.  The third egg still hasn’t hatched and probably won’t at this late date.  I expected Mama to remove it, but … Continue reading

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A pleasant surprise!

Sometimes I like to be proven wrong– not often– OK rarely.  My pessimism in  Mama Too’s brooding abilities seems to have been unjustified.  I pretty much had it in my mind that these eggs were not going to hatch and … Continue reading

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