Sunday, April 26, 2009

First Blue Bird Nest Box Check - EGGS!!!

Sean and I took the Blue Bird Nest Box training yesterday and we learned that we should be checking the boxes every week! Blue birds are so invested in raising their young, that they do not frighten off by people harassing them once a week or so. So, today was our first official check.

We are so proud of our momma blue bird! Look at her clutch! Isn't it the sweetest thing you have ever seen?

It seems that I will need to bring a small mirror to count the eggs next time. I can see at least 3, maybe 4, but there could easily be more. She will incubate the eggs for 12-14 days. Nestlings remain in the nest for 18-21 days. She may raise as many as 2-3 broods per season.

The other box attracted a male house wren who built a small nest to attract a female, but she did not choose it. We cleaned that out as instructed.


DamienNZ said...

WOW!!! - okay - very jealous :)

YvesPaul said...

So.. scramble or sunny-side up? I think boiled is the best, they are small enough to use it for dim sum... lol. Just kidding.

Sue said...

Paul - too funny as usual!!!

Stan said...

How did I miss this post? DUH! That is so cool. Yes the birds are sure busy now. The poor house wren. You females are so choosy! LOL!