Brood two incubation

40281998760_ce1a1ce6e4_oMama 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’m41307993035_b1277826e0_o 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





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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5 Responses to Brood two incubation

  1. Pamela Colander says:

    We had 6 BB eggs last year. The 6th started to hatch then apparently the chick died inside. Daddy removed the egg the following morning. This year Mom finally started nest buildiing in earnest about a week and a half ago. Incredibly Violet-green swallows managed to evict our BB pair and took over the nest! That has never happened in the 10 years we’ve been here. BB are always very aggressive once they bond to a box and swallows are generally very passive by comparison. Not this year!

    • lindell dillon says:

      I just have problems with House Sparrows. Maybe you could put up a second box and the bluebirds would use it. Swallows are cool little birds, too.

      • Pamela Colander says:

        Yes, they are well loved by us also and I’m fine with a different bird being in the camera box 🙂 We have many boxes on our 35 acres. I walked over to see if anyone was in the box on our little cabin about 100yds from our main house. There was and I was scolded by a pair of BBs as I stood under the box looking up to see if there was nesting material poking out of the bottom!

  2. Elizabeth Allen says:

    Love reading your Bluebird Diary Lindell – Mine also have their second clutch of 4 eggs and seems so far we have 3 out of 4 surviving juveniles here in Edmond OK. I agree they sure do lift one’s spirits!

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