A couple of days ago I checked on the nest to take another picture of the baby birds. I figured this may be the last picture I take of them before they fledged.
It’s hard to believe but the 3 little birds are getting close to fledging.
At 12 days old, all of their feathers appear to be in and they should be ready for test flights within a week. Time goes by fast.
Harvey and Sharon’s first brood are beginning to look more like birds and less like pink little monsters. Their feathers have really come in over the last few days.
Three of Sharon’s five eggs have hatched. We are not sure if the other two will hatch. The three baby birds hatched on the same day and are 3 days old.
The last egg was laid on April 28th (give or take a day). So, if the current “clutch” of eggs are on schedule, they could hatch as early as today. More than likely, the newest additions to the Blue’s family will hatch within the next few days.
First pictures of the adult Blues of 2021.
Sharon is spending most of her time incubating the eggs and Harvey is helping her fend off intrusive squirrels and birds.
It’s a new year and Spring has sprung. You know what that means? It’s time for the birds to find a new home for the season.
New home, new nestbox
We changed residences since last year, and we left the old nestbox behind on the off-chance that one of the birds from last year will move back in. Therefore our new home needed a home for bluebirds. We had seen them around the yard since we moved, so we knew there was a good chance someone would move in.
The second brood developed faster than the first. One fledgling remained after 16 days in the nestbox as the adults tried to make him fledge.
The second brood of the season hatched and we have 4 babies accounted for. They are about 3 days old. We took a quick peek inside the nestbox while the mother was out.
The "new" Blues looks like they have made a permanent residence in the nestbox. Could a new brood be in the works?