New Bluebird family coming soon!
We are looking forward to new baby bluebirds hatching sometime soon. Taking advantage of both parents out meal hunting, I took a peek in the nest box today. I was delighted to find five pretty blue eggs.
After a morning of yard work, I sat outside enjoying the sunny day and watching the backyard birds. I kept my camera pointed toward the bluebird nest in anticipation of any action. When both parents landed in the nearby tree, I quickly turned the camera on them and snapped away. To my surprise, Mr. Bluebird was feeding Mrs. Bluebird!
According to Audubon Field Guide:
“NESTING: As a courtship display, male may sing and flutter in front of the female with his wings and tail partly spread. While perched close together, pairs may preen each other’s feathers; male may feed female”
“EGGS: 4-5, sometimes 3-7. Pale blue, unmarked; sometimes white. Incubation is mostly by female, about 13-16 days. Young: Both parents bring food to the nestlings, and young from a previous brood also help to feed them in some cases. Young leave the nest at about 18-19 days on average. 2 broods per year, sometimes 3.”
I don’t know when the last egg was laid to figure the hatching date, so I’ll just have to keep a close eye out for signs of the parents feeding young. I’m anxious and hope all five eggs make it. When they do, if I’m able to get more photos, I will be sure to share.
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