Brood two

bluebirds 065Summer weather is here and it always seems to take a toll on the adult bluebirds as they work from before sunrise to dark feeding babies and ferrying away poop.  I have the box moved so that it is in the shade of a Live Oak in the afternoon.  Sparrow Spooker installed, of course.  Also two blue ceramic bird baths so they don’t have to go far for a drink or cooling bath.

The current babies hatched on May 27.   We were gone to Texas Memorial Day weekend 41632219605_3d2957e485_owhen they hatched.  When we got home I found four teeny, just-hatched chicks and two unhatched eggs.  The next day, one of the eggs was gone.  I have to assume the bluebirds removed it.  A couple of days later I removed the remaining unhatched egg.

Photo: Most mornings I sit in the corner chair and have breakfast with the bluebirds. 

Like always, the babies are growing like weeds.  At nine-days old they are beginning to get pin feathers and take on a blue hue.  When their eyes were closed, they would rear their heads and beg for food when I opened the box.  Now they regard me as a predator, hunker down, close their eyes and remain motionless.  I’m putting out some supplemental live mealworms for the parents to feed to the babies, but most of their diet is bugs caught by the parent birds.

Our bluebirds normally fledge in seventeen days, so that would have this brood jumping into the big wide world about 13 June.  We always look forward to this event.  Stay tuned.

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Total bluebirds fledged from this site is 95.

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
  • Four eggs hatch                                                                    27 May
  • Fifth unhatched egg removed by parents                      28 May
  • Sixth unhatched egg removed                                          29 May
  • Four babies fledge                                                               13 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 and board member Norman Police Department Citizens Academy.
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5 Responses to Brood two

  1. Margaret says:

    Your description of the chicks hunkering down paints a vivid picture. Do you have any thoughts on why two eggs didn’t hatch? Infertility? Weather? A predator scaring the parent birds away from the nest at a critical time, such as egg rotation?
    That’s a gorgeous place to have breakfast.

    • lindell dillon says:

      Of the unhatched eggs I’ve removed from nests over the years, none have had an embryo inside. Would seem they weren’t fertilized.

  2. Isabella Jones says:

    Wonderful updates!!! I have good news! I had to leave my nest box and blue birds of 5 years to move to a new house-installed nest box here and voila! A BB pair have successfully played, hatched and fledged a brood of five blue bird babies-its been two weeks since fledging and I have not seen all five babies at the same time at feeder-yesterday four at meal worm feeder, today three, hoping the other two are still with us and not all show up at feeder at the same time, hard to tell they all look alike…But to my surprise Mama started a new nest a few days ago… so fingers crossed for another healthy brood! Human intervention and assistance makes this process easier for them-sparrow spooked, meal worms, water and so much love appreciation for these beautiful little birds.

  3. Isabella Jones says:

    editing that comment above, played, not played -poor thing are working pretty hard don’t see much recreational time 🙂

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