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