Mama 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 that 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