… 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 that seems to have no end. On 28 June Mama T. began carrying in strands of bluestem and making another nest.
Daddy on the box. Click to enlarge.
I moved the nestbox to a location in the yard where it is shaded from the afternoon sun. The birds seemed a little confused when they returned because a feeder was where the box had been. But, it didn’t take them long to figure things out. Both of them soon landed on the box and started looking inside. It usually takes bluebirds about a week to build a nest, but Mama T. is really working on this one and I don’t think it will take that long to complete.
DON’T spray the area around a nestbox with insecticides because the parents will see dying bugs and feed them to their babies.
Mama T. at the New Orleans Diner.
DON’T mount nestboxes on trees or fence posts because they provide easy access to predators.
DON’T feed corn, bread, milo, or millet in bird feeders, as this attracts House Sparrows. Black sunflower is a good choice. I’ve never seen my bluebirds eat birdseed, it’s just out for the other guys.
Putting up a bluebird box is one of the easiest and best things you can do for the environment and yourself.
Second Brood Summary
- First sign of nest building 28 June