Mama completed her second clutch of six little blue eggs on 13 May and began incubating the same day. Six is a big brood. We’ve only had that many eggs one time before. Four eggs is more common. A brood this big crowds the chicks in the box and is a strain on the adult birds to care for so many. I’ll feed supplemental live mealworms, but the parents still have to catch more bugs and carry more poop away.
Our bluebird eggs usually hatch in thirteen days, and that should be about 26 May. Incubation length can vary a little depending on temperatures. Like always we are looking forward to a new bunch of babies.
Two of the last brood are coming to the yard with Daddy on a daily basis now. I’m putting out dried mealworms as a treat and they have learned what time breakfast is served. Not a lot going on during incubation, but as soon as those little blue eggs hatch Mama and Daddy will be busy, busy bluebirds!
Bluebirds have been featured frequently in folklore, songs and literature. Almost everyone is familiar with the phrase “bluebird of happiness.” Carolyn and I met a man down on Perdido Key Florida while observing the Spring Migration of Neotropicals. We hit it off and met him several times for birding and lunch. After reading about our bluebirds he sent me a message that when his mother passed, the song “Bluebird” by Leon Russell helped him through his grief. Said he listened to it several times a day. There is no end to the happiness and solace bluebirds bring us. Second verse:
I’m out in the rain
The moon has gone behind the cloud again
And I can’t stand to live another day
‘Cause my bluebird went away
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Total bluebirds fledged from this site is 91.
Second brood 2018
- First sign of nest building 03 May
- Nest completed 07 May
- First egg 08 May
- Second egg 09 May
- Third egg 10 May
- Fourth egg 11 May
- Fifth egg 12 May
- Sixth egg 13 May
- Incubation begins 13 May
- Five eggs hatch 27 May
- Sixth unhatched egg removed 29 May