First eggs hatch

As long as there are bluebirds, there will be miracles and a way to find happiness.
– Shirl Brunnel, I Hear Bluebirds, 1984

bluebird babies 052 copyI calculated Mama’s first of season eggs would hatch on 09 April, but a couple of little chicks couldn’t wait to get out.  Mama has been spending a lot of time in the box incubating.  I went out on the patio yesterday afternoon and saw her come in with a bug so tiny I could hardly see it and enter the box.  This could only mean one thing.  I opened the box and two wobbly little heads popped up with mouths wide open.

We are headed to Fayetville to visit with grandson Greyson this morning and on to Branson for a few days, so won’t be around much for a week.  The bluebirds don’t need my help until then anyway.  They instinctively match the size of bugs they catch to the size of the chicks.  They are too little right now for me to supplement live mealworms.  I’m sure the parents will miss their mealworm breakfasts, though.  The other morning I was standing in the kitchen with a cup of coffee peering out the door that is covered with plantation shutters.   Daddy III, who has only been with us since last July, saw me and flew under the covered patio, hovering and chortling in front of me.  He now speaks and wing-waves to me when he is perched in the back yard.  Bluebirds are just such sociable birds!  We have a number of birds around the house, but none show any signs of a relationship other than the bluebirds.

Our backyard bluebird babies typically fledge in 17-18 days.  That would mean thisbluebirds 024 brood will exit into the world on or about 25 April.  They will signal their intentions with a lot of peering out of the box, gradually getting bolder.  It’s going to get crowded in the box with six young ones.  Looking forward to our trip, but also getting back to enjoy and protect the bluebirds.  May the bluebird of happiness visit your house!

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
  • Two eggs hatch                                                                  08 March

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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5 Responses to First eggs hatch

  1. Margaret says:

    There’s probably an update on the progress of the nest now. I hope all eggs hatched and things are ticking along nicely in the Bluebird box.

    • lindell dillon says:

      Chicks were peering out the box yesterday, a sign they are thinking about fledging. Expect them to fledge on April 26, but could be a day or two either way.

  2. Margaret says:

    Wonderful. Do the House Sparrows pose a risk to the fledglings?

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