The bad weather is gone, at least for a couple of days, and the sun shone brightly yesterday. Mama made hay working on her second nest of the season. Daddy played his usual role of building inspector, peering inside every time Mama came out after bringing in new nesting material.
Bluebirds always build a deep-cupped nest of grass and line it with smaller softer grass. I’ve seen small bits of blue ribbon and other material in bluebird nests. They seem attracted to the color blue. Eastern Bluebirds prefer fairly open grassland habitat with an open canopy and little or no understory. Mowed pastures, large lawns, cemeteries, roadsides, orchards and areas interspersed with trees and short grass. If you don’t have this habitat, it’s not likely that erecting a bluebird box will be productive.
I moved the nestbox a few feet yesterday to keep it in the afternoon shade as the sun makes its way north toward the Summer Solstice. Summer heat can kill baby bluebirds. I have mine mounted to a piece of electrical conduit. I drive a piece of steel re-bar into the ground and slip the conduit over it like a sheath. Easy to move. The birds don’t seem to notice or care that it was relocated a few feet.
Although I still haven’t seen any of the fledglings, I’m optimistic that some survived the bad weather. I’m still hoping to see some follow Daddy into the back yard.
Visit my bluebird album on flickr. Over 400 photos of bluebirds. https://www.flickr.com/photos/reddirtpics/sets/72157627747745082
Total chicks fledged from this site is 61.
Second Brood 2015
- First sign of nest building 11 May