Not long now …

IMG_7975 copyThe babies continue to grow fast.  The adults are bringing in really big meals now.  Bugs so big I wonder how the little ones swallow them.  The babies should fledge around 20

Click photos to enlarge.

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 IMG_7997the 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
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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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