Mama continues to incubate her four little powder blue eggs. She is spending a lot of time in the box. Much of the time she is not really down on the eggs, but off them with her head sticking out the entrance. I suspect to stay cool, and she likes to keep an eye on the back yard.
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I’ve trapped 10 HOSP’s since Mama began laying this clutch of eggs. I also installed a ‘Sparrow Spooker’ on the box to discourage marauders. It’s a frame of dowels with some reflective mylar strips attached. They are silver on one side and red on the other, really flutter in the breeze. I’ve seen one male HOSP come in like he was going to land on the box and diverted when he saw the spooker. Mama no longer pays any attention to it. I’ll remove it after the babies fledge so the sparrows won’t become accustomed to it.
The four juvies from the last brood are now about six-weeks old and visit the yard several times daily. The parents are no longer feeding them, but they spend a lot of time following Daddy II around. They are capable of catching enough bugs to survive, but don’t have an adult’s wariness and knowledge of predators like hawks.
A juvenile on the mealworm feeder.
It should only be a few days until we have babies. The eggs should hatch ~ 02 August. I’ll get photos and post when they do.
I got some cool photos of a couple of baby hummingbirds in the nest this week, see them and more bluebird and nature photos on my flickr stream http://www.flickr.com/photos/reddirtpics/
Total chicks produced from this nest site beginning in 2009 is 45.