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August– just a couple of days. Normally, they start sticking their heads out and peering around prior to making the big leap into the world, but I haven’t seen any of that behavior.
The weather has been unusually cool this summer for Oklahoma. Temps have been in the 80’s with lots of rain– easy on the babies and lots of bugs. Not at all like last year when the last two nesting attempts failed due to heat. Hopefully this will be the last nesting attempt for this season. Both the adult birds are looking haggard from the rigors of nesting, incubating, defending and raising babies. It takes a visible toll on them. They deserve a few months of just taking care of themselves.
I hope I can catch the babies jumping out of the box. It just takes a few moments. When the first one goes, the others follow. Unless you want to stake out the box full time, it’s easy to miss the big event.
See more bluebird photos on my flickr stream at http://www.flickr.com/photos/reddirtpics/sets/72157627747745082/
Total bluebirds fledged from this nest site since 2009 is 45.
Fourth Brood Summary
- First sign of nest building 12 July
- Nest completed 15 July
- First egg 16 July
- Second egg 17 July
- Third egg 18 July
- Fourth egg 19 July
- Incubation begins 20 Jul
- 1st baby hatches 02 Aug
- 3 babies hatch 03 Aug