A bird does not sing because he has an answer. He sings because he has a song.
– Joan Walsh Anglund, A Cup of Sun, 1967
Astronomically speaking, the spring equinox and the first day of spring fall on March 20, 2016 at 5:29 a.m. (CDT). This equinox, also known as the vernal equinox, occurs when the Sun crosses the celestial equator on its way north along the ecliptic. But on the reddirt hill, we proclaim Spring at the first tornado warning or the first nesting of the bluebirds.
Spring started today!
Mama III has started a nest in earnest. She was busy all day ferrying grass stems from the reddirt hill to her nestbox. As usual Daddy didn’t participate in the nest building, but flew to the box every time Mama left and peered in as if inspecting her work. I saw him feed her a bug a couple of times since she was too busy to bug.
Normally it takes about a week to complete a nest and then the egg laying begins. Bluebirds can lay an egg every day, but it is not uncommon for them to skip a day- especially if we get cold weather this time of year. So another week to lay eggs and about two weeks for incubation means we should have baby bluebirds in about a month. No doubt the first brood of the season is the most exciting. Stay tuned to follow the progress.
Recently we were attending the 40th Annual Norman Police Chili Supper that benefits the Cleveland County Christmas store. A lady who was in attendance with one of our neighbors came up to me and introduced herself. Stated that she reads the Bluebird Diary and hopes I continue it. Said her daughter in London reads it as well. It’s good to know that our bluebirds bring happiness to so many, so far.
See lots of Oklahoma nature photos at the flickr group I host https://www.flickr.com/groups/1941297@N20/