The fact that many people host bluebirds is one of the things that is ‘right’ about this world.
About the time you think you have Mother Nature figured out, she throws you a curveball. My bluebirds have never hatched in 12 days. Today was rainy and cold and I didn’t want to open the box. I was thinking the eggs would hatch tomorrow or perhaps the next day.
At mid-afternoon I saw Daddy come in with an unusually small insect. He didn’t just hand it off at the hole like he does when feeding Mama, but went inside the box and was there for awhile. That was an indication that he was feeding a baby. I opened the box and was surprised to find all four eggs had hatched. One egg shell was still in the box with a hairy little chick still laying in it. Female bluebirds eat the eggshells to replenish the calcium in their bodies.
Just like with humans, bluebird lives get really busy when they have children. Mama and Daddy will be working overtime to catch enough teeny bugs to keep these little mouths satisfied. They are too small to eat mealworms, or I’d help them out. We are leaving for a trip to the Hill Country in a couple of days. Really happy we got to see the babies before we leave. Now I will worry about them the whole time we are gone. My bluebirds are experienced parents and don’t need help, except for predators. Daddy is going to have to make do without his security detail.
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
- Incubation begins 24 March
- All eggs hatch 05 April