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