Four eggs in the box…

The Bluebird of Happiness long absent from his life, Ned is visited by the Chicken of Depression.–Gary Larson.  You don’t want to be Ned, put up a bluebird box.

It’s been a couple of days since Mama laid her fourth egg, so this may be the completed clutch.  Four is a good number.  More babies crowd the nestbox and work the parents hard to take care of the brood.  I’ll be more than satisfied if we can fledge four more bluebirds on this red dirt hill.

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While the birds and I were having breakfast this morning I heard a bluebird calling and noticed Daddy heard it, too.  It was flying high and probably 75 yards back on the hill. Obviously just flying over, but it was too close for a territorial little bluebird that has staked out this hill and yard as his.  Daddy took after him and flew out of sight.  This territorialism is why we can’t place bluebird boxes within about a hundred yards of each other.

Second Brood Summary

  • First sign of nest building                28 June
  • Nest completed                                    01 July
  • First egg laid                                        03 July
  • Second egg laid                                    04 July
  • Third egg laid                                       05 July
  • Fourth egg laid                                     06 July
  • Incubation begins                                08 July

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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