Another brood fledges

bluebirds 008It’s always gratifying to launch another brood of bluebirds on to the red dirt hill behind the house.  This second brood of the season brings the number of chicks fledged from our box to 81!  We have a lot of bluebirds in and around our neighborhood and I suspect many are descendants from our original pair.  We are currently on our third male and female.

Our current bluebirds are young and healthy and I suspect they will attempt a third brood.  Heat gets to be a problem for the eggs and chicks this time of year.  It also stresses the adults who have to work hard to feed and protect their chicks.  I’ve taken down the Sparrow Spooker and hosed out the nestbox.  It’s ready if the birds want to nest again.

The adults get really worn looking in summer.  Few people have held birds in their 7441749366_447746016e_chands or spend time really close to them.  Bluebirds don’t look particularly small, but an adult weighs only about 1 ounce.  That’s not much body mass to store fat for energy and surviving the cold in winter, but the bluebirds persist, making the world a more beautiful place.

Total chicks fledged from this site is 81.

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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
  • Five chicks fledge                                                               14 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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5 Responses to Another brood fledges

  1. Pamela Colander says:

    Congrats!!!!!! You are single handedly populating OK with BBs! Good luck with the next go round. Our first clutch had 6 eggs. Number 5 failed to completely hatch and perished so Dad removed the egg the next day. The remaining 5 are all doing great, 12 days old, eyes open and going through the itchiness of ever growing feathers 😉 An abundance of bugs should guarantee a second brood. Lots of cicadas here this year and the babies were swallowing those massive insects at 3 days old!!! I have not succeeded in convincing Mom and Dad that meal worms are awesome and they steadfastly ignore them. I am, however, the new best friend of a Mama robin. She’s waiting for me every evening when I bring them out a 7 🙂 At least ONE member of the thrush family thinks I’m awesome!

  2. Margaret says:

    Congratulations once again, Lindell. If they decide to breed again this summer I hope they succeed. Is there such a thing as a solar-powered extractor fan which could be installed in the box? I know you move the box into the shade during the hottest part of year. The solar power would need to be remote from the panels to drive the fan. (Bright idea)

  3. pamdan says:

    Thanks for continuing to share their stories and your photos . My bluebirds are also thriving and you were definitely an inspiration when I put up my best boxes . Love these little birds 💕🐦🐦

  4. Pamela Colander says:

    It’s day 21 and our first brood has begun fledging, woo hoo!

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