Three blue eggs

eggs3Mama II was inside the box most of the morning yesterday.  The birds showed up for breakfast as usual about 8:00 a.m.  They normally land on their perch and then move to the feeder.  The feeder is now at the very edge of the covered patio for my convenience, but the bluebirds are comfortable to feed there with me visible through the windows.  Daddy picked up several worms and fed Mama while she was still on the perch.

I checked the box after noon and found Mama had laid her third egg.  Some neighbor ladies came over yesterday afternoon and I showed them the eggs.  People who aren’t normally birders seem to enjoy bluebirds.  They are so sociable and beautiful, it’s easy to see why they are so popular with people.

This morning Carolyn gave out a shout for me to get int the kitchen quick.  A female House IMG_1303 ldSparrow was on top of the box, leaning over eyeing the entrance.  The bluebirds were not around to chase her away, so I stepped outside and ran off the handful of sparrows that I can’t seem to trap.  It would have been disastrous if that sparrow would have entered the box.  She would have destroyed the bluebird eggs for sure.

It’s a little cool and cloudy today, so I’m not sure if Mama will give us a fourth egg. Keep in touch with our diary and we will post her progress.

See more bluebird and nature photos on my flickr stream

First Brood Summary

  • First sign of nest building                09 March
  • Nest completed                                   15 March
  • First egg laid                                        18 March
  • Second egg laid                                   19 March
  • Third egg laid                                      20 March

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 Three blue eggs

  1. Kim Roulet says:

    The eggs are beautiful!

  2. pamcolander says:

    I hope the sparrows stay away. Sounds like you and your wife are on top of it.

    • lindell dillon says:

      We try to watch the box, but it only takes a moment for a sparrow to enter and destroy the eggs. We are having several days of cooler weather and the bluebirds aren’t in the back yard as much. They must be spending time down on the creek foraging for bugs, but it leaves the nest unguarded.

  3. Jo Ann Wilkinson says:

    I am happy to say my first bluebird clutch has fledged. Also the tree swallows in the other house have. I am only guessing, as I watch them through a scope.
    Now, it appears the bluebirds are laying eggs in the tree swallow nest. There was one yesterday and two today. Haven’t seen the female but the male keeps perching from one house to the other.
    Have you heard of them using other nests?
    This is my first success after trying for 5 years.

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