Second brood hatching early

 Birds are the most vivid expression of life
– epitaph Roger Tory Peterson chose for his tombstone.

bb hatchingI guesstimated that our second brood would hatch 01 June, but they are hatching earlier.  I wasn’t home when Mama completed this clutch, so she may have done something a little different while we were gone.

I walked out on the patio with my coffee this morning and saw Daddy come in to his perch with the tiniest of bugs.  That could only mean one thing.  I opened the box to find two just hatched chicks with one half of an eggshell still in the nest.  Baby bluebirds have an egg tooth on their upper beak that they use to go all the way around the middle of their egg. It always pops open into two exact halves.  Then the female eats them to replenish her calcium depleted body.  By evening a third chick had hatched and three eggs remained.

Every time I open the box to the sight and sounds of a new brood of bluebirds, it’s like bluebirds 006Christmas morning. Bluebirds are truly one of God’s precious gifts to the world.  It’s good to get lost in scenes like this occasionally.  For a moment we realize that there are important things going on outside our pampered human lives. Perhaps far more important.

After nine years of hosting, my days and my neighborhood are filled with bluebirds.  Something that makes both of us better, I think.

Total chicks fledged from this site is 76.

Second brood 2017

  • First sign of nest building                                               07 May
  • Nest completed                                                                 10 May
  • First egg laid                                                                      11 May
  • Second egg laid                                                                  12 May
  • Third egg laid                                                                     13 May
  • Fourth egg laid                                                                   14 May
  • Fifth egg laid                                                                       15 May
  • Sixth egg laid                                                                      16 May
  • Incubation begins                                                              17 May
  • Three eggs hatch                                                                29 May
  • Fourth egg hatches                                                            30 May
  • Fifth egg hatches                                                                31 May
  • Six egg removed                                                                 02 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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2 Responses to Second brood hatching early

  1. Margaret says:

    Congratulations again on another successful brood. You’re right about maintaining an awareness of the wonderful things that continue to exist around us.

  2. Susan Morrison says:

    I truly enjoy these posts, Lindell.

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