Mama deposited her first egg of her second clutch yesterday and a second this morning. I was concerned about a male HOSP that had been entering the box the other day and installed the Sparrow Spooker before the first egg was laid. This tactic seems to have worked. I didn’t see the sparrow or his mate around yesterday. Looks like they have moved on.
Photo is one of the juvies from the first brood.
The juvies from the first group are coming to the yard now. Primarily they follow Daddy around and he is still feeding them. Mama is busy working on her second brood and it’s the male that runs training camp, teaching the young birds where to bug, roost and how to avoid the Sharp-shinned Hawk that patrols the reddirt hill. The bluebirds have incredibly sharp eyes. By the time bluebirds are 30-days old, they are self-sufficient.
I’ve not seen all four of the last brood together. I’ve seen three several times, so something may have happened to one of them. When a species produces multiple hatches each season, it’s an indicator that mortality is high and a large number of young are necessary to maintain the species.
Total bluebirds fledged from this nest site since 2009 is 53.
2014 Second Brood Summary
First sign of nest building 14 May
Nest completed 17 May
First egg laid 18 May
Second egg 19 May