A long time to build a nest …

IMG_8570Well, 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 IMG_8834carrying 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.

Visit my Bluebird set of photos on flickr   http://www.flickr.com/photos/reddirtpics/sets/72157627747745082/

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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6 Responses to A long time to build a nest …

  1. Margaret says:

    Why do you need to wait until the first egg is laid before attaching the sparrow spooker?

    • lindell dillon says:

      The bluebirds are also wary of the spooker, but once the female has the investment of the first egg her maternal instincts will overcome the fear. In a day or two they pay it no mind.

  2. jpinok3 says:

    Wow, 49 birds from your one nest. That’s wonderful. Keep up the good work!

  3. Marietta, ga says:

    I was surprised, because here in Atlanta, mine have not even commited to a house with the recent snowstorms. Not too many “BLUEBIRD” days either. Keep your posts coming, though. I really enjoy them.
    Marietta, Ga

  4. Carol Zell says:

    Thank-you for the beautiful, crisp, bird photos.

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