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Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Bluebirds...


...of happiness!  
Last fall I mentioned putting up my old Bluebird box at my new house.  

In early April, I noticed a pair of Bluebirds going in and out of my nesting box.  I don't know if they are the same pair I photographed last fall, but this twosome did like what they found.  They started building a nest!  A week later we had an egg!  Bluebirds lay one egg a day and in the end we(my FIL and I) had five tiny little blue eggs.  
Bluebirds commonly build their nests with pine needles.  The mossy layer was from a pair of Carolina Chickadees.  The Chickadees were trying to stake a claim, but the Bluebirds won out this time.  

Fourteen days after the last egg was laid; the babies hatched!  My FIL and I were the first to check the box.  
Nesting box etiquette says the box can only check for another week.  After day 12 the babies are big enough to be spooked from the nest.  But they aren't big enough to fend for themselves and I don't want to encourage any predators.  

I will try to get at least one or two more pictures of these infants in the next week.  

:)

3 comments:

Esmerelda said...

Yeah Bluebirds!

Steph said...

Oh, that is exciting!

Kate said...

Great photos, and a wonderful backyard drama. The bluebird box in our church courtyard is much more exposed, and there have been some less happy dramas there. Keep us posted! MKP