… and that’s a good thang! I checked the nestbox about mid-morning while the bluebirds were out in the field behind the house. No egg. Bluebirds tend to lay their eggs in the morning. I went out at mid-afternoon to turn on the birdbath mister and decided to check the box again. There it was! A pretty little powder blue egg. A great way to start the Fourth celebration!
Did you know not all bluebird eggs are blue and not all blue eggs are bluebird eggs? About 4-5 percent of bluebirds lay white eggs. I’ve never had a white egg in four years of hosting. House Finch eggs are also blue and occasionally they will build in a box. Starling eggs are blue, but if you have a box to bluebird standards, the hole is too small for starlings to enter.
Mama II on the mealworm feeder. Click photos to enlarge.
I talked about the gang of six House Sparrows that have been giving Daddy a rough time the past few days. Five of them are currently checked into the House Sparrow Hotel. A neighbor recently inquired about what I do with these sparrows. With a straight face I explained that ghettos are perfect HOSP habitat and they are relocated to a suitable ghetto at least 25 miles away. He replied, “How nice!” and I just went back to dead-heading hydrangeas. House Sparrows and starlings are considered invasive species and are not protected by law. The other yard birds are protected, but I’ve never had anything other than sparrows give the bluebirds a hard time. If you are kind-hearted enough to feed sparrows and host bluebirds, sooner or later they will repay your kindness by killing your bluebirds.
Second Brood Summary
- First sign of nest building 28 June
- Nest completed 01 July
- First egg laid 03 July