Bluebird nest catchup time

Feed me!The second baby bluebird hatched on June 22 which is unusual. Normally bluebirds don’t start incubating the eggs until all are laid so the babies will all hatch on the same day. Since South Carolina had some extremely hot weather about the time the Mama bird was laying eggs, I suspect incubation began immediately without the parent birds sitting on the nest. That would cause the eggs to hatch one a day because they are laid one a day. This picture was taken on June 24th

I’m glad to see that these babies are both alive and growing. They usually lay so still when I peek in on them that I’ve often wondered if they were alive.Sound asleep

The second picture shows the same babies photographed on June 27th. They were sleeping so soundly that I moved each just a little with my finger to see if they were alive, and I still wasn’t sure. But I could see one of them breathing so decided they were OK. They must sleep through the heat of the day. This has been one hot summer! I wish I could think of a good way to put some shade or A/C on the birdhouse.

Pictures and text copyright © 2008 by Janice Green

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