Four in the box

IMG_0512Mama has been busy laying eggs and has already deposited four little blue eggs in the box and began incubating them.  Daddy is still running a boot camp for the last fledglings.  Three of the four are coming to the yard with him most every day now.  They sit around and beg for worms when I put them out.  They are catching bugs on their own and quite capable of flying down to the feeder and getting their own worms, but prefer to beg Daddy and have him feed them.  Their plate will soon be broken, though.  When the second clutch of eggs hatch, it will take both adults to feed them and the first brood will be own their own.

Mama began incubating this clutch of eggs on 22 May, if we allow 13 days for incubation IMG_3301 copythat will put the hatch date at 04 June.  We will be in northern New Mexico for most of that time, but should be back on the hatch date.  I haven’t seen any sparrows around for a week, so hopefully the eggs are safe with the Sparrow Spooker on the box.

Yesterday I saw Daddy streak across the back yard with the Sharp-shinned Hawk in hot pursuit.  Daddy is hawk-wise and I’m not too concerned about him, but the juvies that are hanging around would be pretty easy pickings.  One is no longer with the group, he could well have ended up as dinner for the sharpshin.

 

Total bluebirds fledged from this nest site since 2009 is 55.

2014 Second Brood Summary

First sign of nest building          14 May

Nest completed                             17 May

First egg laid                                  18 May

Second egg                                      19 May

Third egg                                         20 May

Fourth egg                                      21 May

Incubation begins                         22 May

Two eggs hatch                              06 June

Two fledge                                      22 June

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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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5 Responses to Four in the box

  1. Nice shots of the eggs! I love all your pictures 🙂 I have been watching bluebirds for 20 plus years as well as building houses.

    I started watching a bluebird pair build their nest for a second brood yesterday. They should be laying eggs any day now. Check out my post, Bluebirds Build Nest, http://michaelswoodcraft.wordpress.com/2014/05/27/bluebirds-building-nest/

    I enjoyed visiting your site,
    Michael

  2. Jo Ann Wilkinson says:

    Hello. Love your posts! I have 5 hatchlings in my bluebird house. They are a dark grey, fully feathered, but still little.
    Can you give me an idea when they may fledge?
    Thanks.

  3. pamcolander says:

    Hi Lindell,
    Haven’t had a post on brood number two since the end of May. I hope all is well with you and the BBs.

    Pam

  4. Glad to see the Bluebirds as doing well!

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