Yesterday afternoon was full of surprises. First the resident roadrunner on the reddirt hill paid a visit to the back yard. Came up on to the patio and then jumped up on the blue birdbath for a drink. This is too near the nestbox for comfort. This same bird killed my male bluebird about this time last summer. So I walked outside and encouraged him to move on. As I stood outside I heard the distant sound of thunder and looked north. The sky was a dark blue with some ominous clouds that were quickly approaching. A thunderstorm in parched July is always a pleasant surprise in Oklahoma.
I decided to check the nestbox before the rain hit and was surprised again by three hatched chicks and one still inside a shell that it had cut in half with its egg tooth. The rain and wind hit and I decided it would be fun to sit out on the patio and enjoy the sights and smell of a summer thunderstorm. But sideways rain forced me to retreat to the house. Mama went inside the box and stayed. Daddy and a couple of juvies from the last brood huddled in a Chaste tree. When the rain subsided another egg had hatched.
This morning one egg remains. It’s not unusual for eggs to hatch over a day or two. Any longer than that and I will remove the unhatched egg. It could break, making a mess that could attract insects like ants or blowflies. These could injure or kill the helpless young blind chicks.
Most of the time our bluebirds fledge on the seventeenth day, so these should take flight about August 01. Looking forward to another successful fledging.
Total chicks fledged from this site is 81.
Third brood 2017
- First sign of nest building 21 June
- Nest completed 26 June
- First egg laid 28 June
- Second egg laid 29 June
- Third egg laid 30 June
- Fourth egg laid 01 July
- Fifth egg laid 02 July
- Incubation begins 03 July
- Four eggs hatch 15 July
- Fifth egg hatches 16 July