A bird does not sing because he has an answer. He sings because he has a song.
– Joan Walsh Anglund, A Cup of Sun, 1967

I guess it’s a good thing I hedged some and predicted the eggs might hatch a day or two earlier than the estimated hatch date of 21 July.  I opened the box as I do every morning expecting to see four little blue eggs.  But, to my surprise I was greeted by a blind, fuzzy little chick begging for a bug!

Click photos to enlarge.

We’ll probably have a couple more hatch today or perhaps all of the remaining three eggs.  Bluebird eggs usually hatch over a 24-48 hour period.  If an egg hatches a couple of days later than others, the chick will be the runt of the litter and not be able to compete with the bigger ones for food.  Not a problem on the red dirt hill where mealworms are fed daily

Daddy at the New Orleans Cafe.

and catching enough bugs for a brood is not a problem.  Daddy is an excellent bugger, anyway.  I continue to be amazed at how he will be perched in the back yard and dart some distance away to snatch a bug or caterpillar from the grass.  He, the mockingbirds and the Brown Thrashers have learned the lawnmower noise means crippled bugs.  Birds ain’t dumb.

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
  • First egg hatches                                  19 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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4 Responses to Surprise….

  1. Wazeau says:

    Woot! Looking forward to a whole clutchful in upcoming pictures 🙂

  2. lindell dillon says:

    We’ll have some baby pics, for sure. By last night a second egg had hatched. I’ll take pics and report back in later today.

  3. Birds are super smart…as smart as dogs and even smarter, some of them. I have had birds (not caged) in my home for over 10 years. They are magical! I just discovered your site and will be checking back. We have hummers visiting a feeder now and they’re just like little jewels. Thank you for your efforts! Made my day!

  4. What a wonderful capture of the newborn to share, I love it!

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