Mama is building another nest

“His soft warble melts the ear, as the snow is melting in the valleys around.” Henry David Thoreau wrote of the Bluebird in 1859.

thunderbird 118The adult bluebirds are in and out of the yard some daily, but generally the fledglings aren’t with them.  One was sitting in the grass this morning when I looked out, though.  Mama didn’t take much of a break after hatching her first brood.  Yesterday she started carrying in grass and building a nest for her second brood.  The males play no role in the nest building other than building inspector.  Just like always, Daddy looks in the box every time Mama leaves after bringing in some grass.

It generally takes females about a week to build a nest with the first egg following soon thunderbird 016after completion.  We won’t be around when the nest is completed and the first egg laid, but we will report on the clutch before it hatches.  We’ll be chasing Golden-cheeked Warblers and Black-capped Vireos in the south of the Hill Country and sampling a couple more of the ‘Best 50 BBQ Joints in the World’ according to Texas Monthly.

Total chicks fledged from this site is 67.

Second Brood 2016

  • First sign of nest building                                                24 April




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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3 Responses to Mama is building another nest

  1. Margaret says:

    Little wonder that people are so passionate about Bluebirds. For those who go the extra mile and host these gorgeous little birds, the enjoyment/satisfaction must be transported to a higher plane.

  2. Linda says:

    Why do you remove the old nest? This would not happen in their natural setting.

    • lindell dillon says:

      Partially for sanitary reasons. Old nests can become populated with mites. If the nests arent’ removed they will be built on top of each other three or four times during the season which would restrict the room inside for the babies. While bluebirds don’t remove nests in the wild, they seldom use the same cavity over and over as they do with boxes.

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