Just twelve days after our first 2017 brood fledged, Mama III began building her second nest. Usually our bluebirds attempt three broods. Rarely four. Weather-wise, the first brood is the easiest and the second not bad. Once we are into the dog days of summer, heat is a killer of eggs and babies.
After the first brood fledged, I threw out the nest and washed the box with a garden hose. As the sun moves toward the Summer Equinox, the box would soon be in full sun in the afternoon so I moved it to the south and closer to the Live Oak that provides shade. It’s now right off our patio, but the bluebirds don’t mind. They recognize the ‘worm guy’ and welcome my presence, Daddy III usually wing waves and chatters to me, then flies to the feeder. It’s obvious what he is saying.
I have my box mounted so that it is easily moved. Electrical conduit comes in 10-feet sections at the big box stores. Cut a piece in half and you can make two mounts. Buy some conduit hangers and attach them to the back of the box with the box mounted as high as possible on the conduit. While at the box store go over to the section where they have cut re-bar and select a size that fits snugly, but not tight inside the 3/4 inch conduit. Drive it into the ground and place the conduit with the nestbox attached over the rebar. I’ve actually moved the box with eggs inside by just sliding it off and careful not to jostle the eggs.
It usually takes a female bluebird about a week to construct a nest and in warm weather, they begin laying immediately. The males play no part in the nest building.
The first brood has not followed Daddy to the yard yet, but I suspect they will soon. Stay tuned for Round 2.
Total chicks fledged from this site is 76.
Second brood 2017
- First sign of nest building 07 May