Springtime is official …

IMG_8001 Spring is the season of renewal and there are signs all around us.  Daffodils peaking out of the sun-warmed soil, swollen buds on the Redbud trees and the disappearance of most of the ducks from the ponds.   But, the official declaration of spring on the reddirt hill is the day the bluebirds begin to nest.   Last year Mama II starting building her first nest on 09 March and I’ve been watching her closely.

It was warm yesterday and the birds hung around the box a lot.  I felt sure I’d see Mama carrying grass, but it was not to be.  Another bluebird spring day today boosted my hopes I’d see Mama begin nesting.  Today I was not disappointed.   True to form,  Mama began ferrying grass and taking it into the box.   And true to form, Daddy supervised.  He watches the box closely while Mama is inside weaving the nest, sometimes peering in the hole.

Once Daddy went into the box after Mama left, to inspect her work I guess.  He appeared IMG_7995with a big piece of grass, flew to his favorite perch and dropped it.  My original Daddy did the same thing.  I guess the role of ‘building inspector’ is a key job element for male bluebirds.  I can hear the women now– “The women do all the work while the men watch!” There.  I beat you to the punch.

Mama II was a fast nest builder last year.  Never took her a week to complete the four she built.  That means we could have our first little powder blue egg in a week.  The bluebird baby season has officially begun.  Stay tuned.  There will be frequent entries  now in the Bluebird Diary.

Total bluebirds fledged from this nest site since 2009 is 49.

First 2014 Brood Summary

  • First sign of nest building                10 March

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 and board member Norman Police Department Citizens Academy.
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3 Responses to Springtime is official …

  1. pamcolander says:

    Sweet!!!!! Now I can live vicariously through your BB posts until our western BBs get with it here in So Colorado. The earliest they started nesting was 2006 when they had a nest completed by March 17th. Last year they searched and defended several nestboxes for TWO MONTHS before getting down to building in June! They never seem to fledge more than one clutch. I’ve seen BBs all winter on the ranch this year so maybe they’ll get it together sooner. To me you have the best BB scenario I’ve seen minus the HoSP plague. We don’t have them here. Could you convince some Eastern BBs to branch out their territory to include So Colorado? 😉

  2. Margaret says:

    I look forward to watching the progress of a successful breeding season. You folks deserve a wonderful spring after the winter you’ve endured.

  3. lindell dillon says:

    It turned out that Mama only brought in a few springs of grass. No serious nest building is taking place. I’m always fearful that the birds are nesting down on the creek or even another box somewhere. They are in and out of the yard several times daily and still checking the box. We’ll see what a string of warm days brings.

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