Summer 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 when 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