Third brood fledges

14184262194_18c3f1a320_oHappy to report our third brood of the season has successfully fledged!  The third brood is always the most difficult.  Fatigue on the parent birds and the hottest part of summer always make this one risky.  One little bird stayed in the box longer than the others, but finally jumped out.  Like always the parents take them down to the creek and perch them high up in some mature pecan trees.

The bluebirds won’t need much help until next spring when this millions of years-old bluebird saga repeats itself.  Guess we can take a vacation for the rest of the summer.  I hear the San Juans of southwestern Colorado calling.

Total chicks fledged from this site is 86.

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
  • All chicks fledge                                                                  02 Aug

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 and board member Norman Police Department Citizens Academy.
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2 Responses to Third brood fledges

  1. Margaret says:

    What a wonderful season. Such success might go some way to balance the tragedies of the past. Enjoy your break. I look forward to next year.

  2. Adele Wilson says:

    Love your blog! Excellently done, thank you! Here in eastern West Virginia, our Bluebirds have only two broods per season at the most. The first brood is usually the most problematic because of the cooler weather. This year, my first brood fledged on May 18th, and the second, on July 17th. I have two nest boxes in my yard; one is the Bluebird box and the other, the Tree Swallow box. The Tree Swallows had two broods this season, too! Plus, this year we have had two nestings by the same pair of Barn Swallows in the nest on the side of the building where I live. The Barn Swallows are now busy raising their second brood (only two chicks). I expect the two chicks to fledge within the next week or so. The first brood of Barn Swallow chicks fledged at the end of June. A couple of years ago, I was doing a blog, but had to stop due to computer and other problems. Thanks again!

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