Three little blue eggs

All solutions to HOSP control have drawbacks, but not controlling them at all has the greatest drawback.  – Cherie Layton, The Bluebird Nut, 2006

bluebirds 001The bluebirds have returned after being gone for about six weeks.  Last week Mama began a nest and again we made a trip to Texas.  When we returned the nest was complete and had three little blue eggs inside.  She hasn’t laid another in the past couple of days, but she doesn’t seem to be incubating either.

Female birds seem to have an innate thermometer that tells them when they need to sit on eggs and when they don’t.  It’s hot, mid-nineties, so the eggs won’t need much warmth from Mama.  I had move the box back out on the hill after the bluebirds left so it would be more visible.  I’ve moved it with the eggs inside so that it is now shaded in the afternoon.  Heat can kill eggs and chicks.

It’s good to have the bluebirds back in the box and yard.  Yesterday they flew in followed IMG_2623 adobeby the four juveniles they hatched earlier this year.  Good to know that all have survived. The Sparrow Spooker is in place and I’m not seeing any HOSP’s in the yard.  I’m a little concerned that Mama is not incubating, but maybe she is not through laying.  We’ll see.

View some of my photos flickrites find interesting

Total chicks fledged from this site is 67.

Third Brood 2016

  • First sign of nest building                                                15 June
  • Three eggs                                                                             21 June

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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4 Responses to Three little blue eggs

  1. Susan says:

    So glad your bluebirds are back. Is this the third clutch?

  2. Henry Menke says:

    We’ve found the Kentucky Bluebird Box to be effective against HOSP.

    Can sometimes be overtaken by Tree Swallows (not such a bad thing) or Wrens (not bad if they lay eggs but very bad if they just stuff the bo with sticks to prevent other species from nesting).

  3. Happy your Blues have returned!

  4. Elsabe Allen says:

    It’s so intersecting reading your Bluebird diary! So glad your Bluebirds are back! Unfortunately the Bluebirds in my yard abandoned their first 5 eggs 8th May, they had kept peering into the Bewick’s Wren nest box as if they wanted that one – luckily they could not fit through the hole, the Bewick’s were feeding one hatchling. The Mockingbirds were chasing the Bluebirds too. It’s a brutal fight for survival- I never realized the extent of their struggles till this year. The female BB added new grass to her old nest on June 7th and started laying eggs 6/1/16, she has 4 this time. I also see her off the eggs a lot, but as you said it’s been very hot. The Microfilament I have on top of the nest box roof and dangling either side of the hole weighted down with pyrite beads continues to keep the HOSPS away. The Bewick’s Wrens have 2 babies that I could see, feeding them bugs in between being chased by the Bluebirds! A mockingbird fledgling ended up in my yard and mom was chasing the Bluebirds so I coaxed the Mockingbird baby back into the neighbors yard through a gap in the fence which solved that problem. They all struggle here in Edmond! Thanks for posting!

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