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.