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Bluebirds, the Sequel

After successfully raising their first brood of the season, I was surprised to see the bluebirds had gotten right back to business so soon. For a couple days I thought I had seen movement in the bluebird box, and I finally became curious enough to check on it.  Looks like Madam is quite the prolific egg layer:

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I think she’s incubating because she’s constantly in the box at this point. It’s hot as Hades over here, so I don’t know how she can handle sitting in that box all day, but then again, I’m not a bird. I’ll check again in the next few days for hatchlings!


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They’re Back!

After a heartbreaking setback last year (snakes are horrible, horrible creatures), the bluebirds are back and nesting!  Last time I checked, they had laid 5 eggs in the nest box.  At this point, Madam Bluebird is spending oodles of time in the box, so I’m pretty sure she’s incubating, and I don’t want to disturb her.  I’ve got my fingers crossed that nothing gets the eggs or babies this time.

Madam Bluebird prepares to leave the nest box for a snack.

Madam Bluebird prepares to leave the nest box for a snack.

Female Bluebird

Female Bluebird

Unfortunately my camera has very little zoom, so all of my bird pictures are pretty low quality.  I keep trying, though.  One of these days, I’m going to sit outside in a chair somewhere close to the box.  I bet if I’m still, they’ll come around.


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A New Season, A New Clutch

I’m happy to report that the bluebirds have chosen to nest with us again this season.  I was afraid they weren’t going to, seeing as they had a group of hatchlings by Mother’s Day last year.  I’m guessing they raised their first brood of the season elsewhere…or decided to start late.

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So far there are three eggs.  I’m not sure if the female is done laying.  I’ll check again in a few days to see if she adds any more.  I can’t wait to have a yard full of bluebirds again!


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Bluebird Eggs!

I put up a bluebird box in my yard a while back after seeing a pair of bluebirds frequenting the area.  I’m pleased to report that they’ve stayed with me and have built a nest!

This afternoon I observed the following:

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Four Bluebird Eggs

Bluebird eggs!  I’ve been checking the box every so often (during good weather) so that I will know when to clean it out for the next brood.  It is possible that the female isn’t finished laying, so it may be a while before any chicks appear.

I’m tempted to pick up another box this week to hang for the chickadees.  I just love being a bird landlord!