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Brood two

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 … Continue reading

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Brood two incubation

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 … Continue reading

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Incubation begins …

Mama III has completed her nest, laid five perfect little powder blue eggs and begun incubating them.  She’s been busy.  Like most birds, bluebirds don’t begin incubation until all eggs are laid so the chicks will hatch and fledge at … Continue reading

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Another brood fledges

It’s always gratifying to launch another brood of bluebirds on to the red dirt hill behind the house.  This second brood of the season brings the number of chicks fledged from our box to 81!  We have a lot of … Continue reading

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Second Clutch Complete

Be like the bluebird who never is blue, For he knows from his upbringing what singing can do – Cole Porter, Be Like the Bluebird, 1934 We took a short trip to Taos this past week.  Left with three eggs … Continue reading

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Round 2 begins …

Just twelve days after our first 2017 brood fledged,  Mama III began building her second nest.  Usually our bluebirds attempt three broods.  Rarely four.  Weather-wise, the first brood is the easiest and the second not bad.  Once we are into … Continue reading

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First brood fledges …

Because the bluebird is beautiful and readily accepts the help of humans, and, because people love to nurture beautiful animals, especially those that are endearing, a strong natural bond is forged between man and the bluebird at the nest box. … Continue reading

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