Category Archives: Nature

Mama disappears

Sad news to report.  On 20 March Mama IV quit coming to the box to incubate.  I suspect she is no longer alive.  Best guess would be a hawk since she was a young, healthy bird.  Bluebirds don’t just abandon … Continue reading

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First clutch in the box

When bluebirds fledge from my nestboxes I hope and pray a little that they will search out someone in desperate need of The Bluebird Of Happiness! – Keith Kridler, Bluebird_L, 2008   Well, the first clutch of 2020 is in … Continue reading

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First clutch of 2020

As the pressure of population increasingly regiments us and crowds us closer together, an association with the wild, winged freedom of the birds will fill an ever growing need in our lives. – Edwin Way Teale, introduction to Songbirds in … Continue reading

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Incubation is a bust

Our bluebird eggs normally hatch in thirteen days, but not this time.  My expected hatch date on this clutch was 23 July. On 24 July one egg hatched.  I left the others in for three days and Mama continued to … Continue reading

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Brood Two Incubation

Mama III is now incubating her second clutch of four little blue eggs.  She began incubation on 10 July.  Most of our clutches hatch on the thirteenth day, so hatch date should be 23 July.  Not a lot goes on … Continue reading

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Round two

Just ten days after our milestone brood fledged Mama III began building another nest.  I had removed the old nest and hosed out the box in preparation for another nesting.  Also moved the box a bit to keep it in … Continue reading

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Milestone on the red dirt hill

Today we hit a milestone I’ve been looking forward to for a long time.  All five of the babies fledged, marking 100 bluebirds our backyard box has produced!  I anticipated they would fledge today.  Seventeen days after they hatched.  They … Continue reading

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