A man who never sees a bluebird only half lives. – Lewis Gannett
Mama III has been a busy little bluebird. She has increased her first clutch of the year to six little blue eggs. That is a big bluebird family. I have a neighbor who has seven in his box. Likely his birds are offspring from here. Mama began incubation on 27 March, so if we use 13 days of incubation, the hatch should be around 09 April. Looking forward to the big day!
A brood this large will challenge the parents to provide enough food, ferry away fecal sacs and protect the nest. I’ll provide live mealworms so the parents won’t have to work so hard and don’t have to be away from the nest for long periods. I’ve raised mealworms before and may again, at least until the summer gets hot and we migrate to Colorado. The North American Bluebird Society has an excellent fact sheet that provides a lot of info on mealworms. North American Bluebird Society. A good source to order mealworms in bulk is Rainbow Mealworms.
I’ll order some mealworms today so we will have a good supply on hand when the babies hatch. I’ll get a few extra for my neighbor Ken. When the babies first hatch, they can’t eat the mealworms yet, but the parents can. I always see the adult birds bringing lots of small spiders to the newly hatched bluebirds.
Total chicks fledged from this site is 70.
First brood 2017
- First sign of nest building 11 March
- Nest completed 18 March
- First egg 21 March
- Second egg 22 March
- Third egg 23 March
- Fourth egg 24 March
- Fifth egg 25 March
- Sixth egg 26 March
- Incubation began 27 March