Number four and counting …

Birds are the most vivid expression of life — epitaph Roger Tory Peterson chose for his tombstone.

bluebird, eggs 004Sunday was a perfect Spring day.  Temperatures in the low 70’s and just a light breeze.  The reddirt hill is waking from its winter slumber.  Lots of purple henbit and green grasses.  A pair of Killdeer have been up in a bare spot, maybe looking for a nesting site. The little goldfinches coming to my feeder are getting their breeding plumage and will be leaving soon.  The next week or so will see the neotropicals return to Oklahoma.  Among the first to arrive are Orchard Orioles, Eastern and Western Kingbirds and our State Bird the Scisssor-tailed Flycatcher.  I’m hanging a hummingbird feeder today. The bluebirds will soon have new neighbors.  And of course, the same bad neighbors — the House Sparrows and the Sharp-shinned Hawk that makes regular forays on my feeders.

Mama spent most of the morning in the box.  Sometimes I could see her peek out and then settle back down into her comfy little, deep-cupped nest.  Daddy periodically brought her a bug.  I waited until afternoon to check the box and sure enough we have a fourth egg. Since first clutches tend to be larger and the weather is great, I’m expecting Mama to lay another egg.  We’ll see.

Total chicks fledged from this site is 57.

First Brood 2015

  • First sign of nest building                                                       10 March
  • Nest completed                                                                          18 March
  • First egg                                                                                       19 March
  • Second egg                                                                                  20 March
  • Third egg                                                                                     21 March
  • Fourth egg                                                                                   23 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 Norman Police Department Citizens Academy.
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One Response to Number four and counting …

  1. OKRoserock says:

    Oh Lindell, I’m so excited for this first brood! I’ll follow your lead and get my hummingbird feeders ready for the season too, thanks for the tip. I haven’t heard the Kingbirds yet; they roost on the telephone pole in our backyard and I love to listen to them jabbering away at each other, especially in the morning. Thank you again for your blog, it brings me so much joy.

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