Well, I was wrong about Mama II being a fast nest builder. At my last post, Mama had just started carrying grass into the box. She only brought in a few sprigs and quit. We’ve had a lamb and lion March in Oklahoma and
The bluebirds mating. Click to enlarge photos.
maybe it was the weather. Maybe the fact that few insects were available. For reasons unknown to us of superior intellect, Mama knew it wasn’t time.
Just in the last few days has Mama resumed her nest building efforts. This morning she is carrying in real fine grasses to line the nest. Almost completed. Just as everything seems to be going smoothly, a male House Sparrow shows up. I first saw him trying to get into a wren box I recently placed near the patio. Of course, he couldn’t get through the small hole so gave up and began eyeing up the bluebirds’ home. But, Daddy was on him. Both he and Mama have chased this interloper all morning. As soon as the first egg is laid, I’ll attach a Sparrow Spooker to the house. This is a great device to protect eggs and babies from HOSP’s.
It shouldn’t be long before we have our first little blue egg.
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Total bluebirds fledged from this nest site since 2009 is 49.
First 2014 Brood Summary
First sign of nest building 10 March