Close to hatch date …

IMG_7058Mama 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.

Click photos to enlarge.

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 IMG_7096 copytimes 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.

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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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One Response to Close to hatch date …

  1. Raine says:

    I really enjoy your postings my husband and I are new bluebird landlords. We have had a lot of pleasure watching them he checks the yard each night with a light and mama now stays in her nest not afaird at all.

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