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 so far she hasn’t.  Daddy is a bug-catching machine and with only two babies, they will be well nourished.

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The chicks’ eyes are still closed and will be for a few days.  The one on the left hatched a day earlier and is noticeably larger than the other.  If you compare their size to the egg in the first pic, it is evident they have grown.  Their wings are turning darker and they will soon start sprouting feathers. Bluebirds fledge in 16-21 days, typically 17 or 18 has been my experience here.  So that will put these guys out in the big dangerous world around 30 June.  They have a lot of growing to do between now and then.

I cheep to them to make them think one of the parents is there with a bug and they always open wide for a photo.  When they get their eyes open, they won’t fall for this trick.

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About lindell dillon

Lindell Dillon is retired and lives in Norman, OK. He grew up in Duncan, attended Cameron College and graduated from the University of Oklahoma. His interests include photography, nature, birding, and investing. Oklahoma Master Naturalist, alumnus Norman Police Department Citizens Academy.
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6 Responses to Two and counting…

  1. jpinok3 says:

    I always enjoy your posts and the accompanying pictures. Would it be possible to place a coin next to them so we can calculate the size of the baby birds and the eggs. If not, we still enjoy all your photos. Thanks!

  2. lindell dillon says:

    Hi Judy. The babies aren’t as large as they appear in the pix. A bluebird egg is about the size of a nickel. Hope that helps. If you scroll back in the diary, I have a comparison photo of coins and eggs.

  3. Jo Ann Abell says:

    Hi Lindell. I enjoyed reading your bluebird posts. We have a bluebird pair nesting in a nesting box on our porch. The first time they tried to build a nest, a pair of phoebes that had a nest nearby kept dismantling the nest, but now that they are settled in the nest box, the phoebes can’t bother the nest. They are making regular food runs, so it won’t be long before we have some babies!

    • lindell dillon says:

      I’m glad you enjoy reading about our bluebirds. You’ll enjoy your own even more. Good luck with them.

  4. jpinok3 says:

    I’ll check it out…thanks!

  5. Great to see them! 🙂

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