As long as there are bluebirds, there will be miracles and a way to find happiness.
– Shirl Brunnel, I Hear Bluebirds, 1984
Mama II is laying like a Leghorn! Despite unfavorable weather, she has produced an egg a day since her first egg. This could be all she will lay, but Mama is young and healthy and she may not be done. We will just have to wait and see. Today is cloudy and cool again, but who knows?
It’s a myth that opening a bluebird box or touching the nest will make them abandon the nest. Bluebirds can’t smell and are very tolerant of humans, especially when the nest is in your yard and they see you every day. In fact monitoring the nest is a good practice and should be a part of your regimen as a blue bird host.
It’s also a myth that if you don’t have a nestbox up early in the season, you won’t attract bluebirds. In Oklahoma bluebirds may attempt four or even five nestings. Those who nest in the wild often change locations and will be searching for a suitable nesting place throughout the summer.
Daddy on the box checking out Mama inside.
It’s never a bad time to put up a bluebird box. Hosting bluebirds is one of the most enjoyable things I’ve ever done. Not only is it rewarding, but it’s one of the easiest things you can do for one of America’s favorite songbirds.
See more bluebird and nature photos on my flickr stream http://www.flickr.com/photos/reddirtpics/
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
- Fourth egg laid 21 March