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

Last peek in box before fledging

Last peek at near fledgling BluebirdsThis picture was taken on Tuesday, May 13, the last date I dared to peek into the box. If I peeked again I might cause the babies to fledge too soon and they might not survive.

Today is Saturday. The babies could fledge the nest anytime between today and Monday. The mama and papa are very busy feeding their babies.

Pictures and text copyright © 2008 by Janice Green

We have babies!

Eastern Bluebird Hatchlings

Peeking Out of Nest Box

These are sorry pictures but you know how proud grandparents can be… We have baby bluebirds! My 2-3 year old Cannon PowerShot can only go so far with its telescopic lens and the close-up shot of the babies had uneven light. I didn’t want to hold the box open any longer than necessary to know if the babies had hatched, and I had no way to check focus – I could only guess at my aim. Of course, these pictures are cropped.

 

The babies that are most in focus look like they have egg yolk on them so they probably hatched today. There is a bit of fuzz on them but they are very pink. According to my book, Enjoying Bluebirds More,by Julie Zickefoose and published by Bird Watcher’s Digest, this means they just hatched today.

Bluebird

Proud Papa (or Mama)

Pictures and text copyright © 2008 by Janice Green