Birds have a way of putting things in perspective. They forge ahead and carry on no matter what happens. No dwelling on the past, no regrets, sheer 100% survival..and beauty. – Susan Halpin, 2008
Mama II completed her nest on 15 July and laid her first egg the following day. Her nests are adequate, but nearly as tightly woven as our original Mama. Maybe she will get better with experience, this is her first year after all. If she keeps the pace she did in her first two nestings this year, she will lay an egg a day.
The four juveniles from the previous hatch are in the yard quite a bit. They get spread out occasionally, but pretty much stay together. They spend a lot of time following Daddy II. It’s pleasant to sit out early in the morning and have breakfast with a half-dozen bluebirds. I can’t think of a better way to start the day.
It’s easy to see why people become so infatuated with their bluebirds. They are so beautiful and sociable. I’ve recorded 156 species of birds on this red dirt hill and not a one other than the bluebirds
Mama with a juvie on the mealworm feeder. Click photos to enlarge.
has ever shown any sign of recognizing me, much less visiting regularly and even communicating to me. Every single morning Daddy sits on his perch chortling and wingwaving to me. They become family.
Bluebirds have long been symbols of happiness and love. W.L. Dawson wrote “Reflecting heaven from his back and the ground from his breast, he floats between sky and earth like the winged voice of hope.” Without a doubt bluebirds have appeared in more songs, poems and literature than any other bird. It’s easy to see why.
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Fourth Brood Summary
- First sign of nest building 12 July
- Nest completed 15 July
- First egg 16 July