Two more babies …

IMG_7334 copyWe were gone for ten days after Mama II began incubating four eggs that are her third clutch this season.  She began incubation on Independence Day and obviously we weren’t here on the hatch date.  My bluebird eggs normally hatch in 13 days, so assuming that was the case this time, the eggs would have hatched on 17 July.  The babies in the photo are about a week old.

When we got home, I looked out the back window and could see Mama’s head sticking up IMG_7997in the hole on the nest box in a familiar posture that means she is incubating.  I guess she would sit on these eggs forever if I didn’t remove them.  So just two babies again.  These should fledge around 03 August.  I’d just as soon the bluebirds don’t

Click photos to enlarge.

attempt a fourth nesting in the hottest part of summer, but my guess is they will.  The whole nesting/rearing process takes a toll on the adults over a season.  They are noticeably thinner and worn looking.

If you haven’t discovered the Sialis website, you should check it out.  The largest collection of bluebird info I’ve found.  Here is a link to their links page, should be able to answer about any question you have from here.  http://www.sialis.org/forumlinks.htm

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

2014 Third brood summary

  • Nest building iniated                                   26 June
  • Nest completed                                             29 June
  • First egg                                                          30 June
  • Second egg                                                     01 July
  • Third egg                                                        02 July
  • Fourth egg                                                      03 July
  • Incubation begins                                         04 July
  • Estimated hatch date                                   17  July

 

 

 

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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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4 Responses to Two more babies …

  1. Juliana Michael says:

    Thanks for sharing. We are in for two more brutally hot days and hope they will be able to ternate this heat.

  2. sweet birds….first nest of the season this summer, mama went missing after the babies had feathers so I helped Papa feed and fledge them. He kept them around for a little and then all rejoined the big flock in the field below us. He returned, hopping around on the box,going in and out flinging grass in box and chirping agitatedly. I spotted a female going in once-but she apparently did not like the drapes. I have not seen Papa or new Mrs. since. Hoping they are busy raising youngsters somewhere else… thanks for your news!

  3. Jo Ann Wilkinson says:

    We got a second nesting here in Chicago. Four eggs. Then I peeked in and saw only one had hatched, with two left. Eventually Mama must have removed them, as they are raising one from this brood. I am still very excited!

  4. It’s always great to see more bluebird babies! Great shots. I found a Junco nest with eggs a couple week ago, hiked back again yesterday and found Junco babies! Here is the link, http://michaelswoodcraft.wordpress.com/2014/07/24/junico-babies/

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