One-hundred plus degree temperatures are in the forecast as far out as it goes. It’s HOT in central Oklahoma. In fact, it’s so hot that one of those good news/bad news situations was created. Bad news: It was so hot this week that the asphalt parking lots at Lake Thunderbird melted and ran into the lake. Good news: The water quality was improved.
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Daddy fed the babies their first mealworms yesterday. He gathered up four in his beak and headed for the box, but dropped one as he landed. He picked it up before the delivery. I watched him repeat this, so the babies had four mealworms apiece for breakfast.
The bluebirds seem to be coping with the heat. Mama II and Daddy have access to shade and water and the nestbox has afternoon shade. I’ve been watering it down at mid-afternoon to make it a few degrees cooler. The babies are maturing fast. Just compare a current photo to a day one photo. Baby bluebirds aren’t babies very long. At just 17 days of age, they jump out into the big wide world. That means our babies will be fledging ~05 August. Once I get these babies out of the box and down to the shade of the creek, Carolyn and I may head for the Rockies and cooler climes.
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
- Second egg hatches 20 July
- Unhatched egg removed 24 July