Update 5/15/10: The feeding frenzy finally came to an end so I thought I’d check the box today. As far as I can tell all 5 bluebirds successfully hatched and fledged the nest. I’ll have another post this week about it as this is an historic moment in my bluebird stewardship!
Update 4/27/10: I think I see 5 little heads waiting to be fed. I’ll check back again this week and update again. This is good news because my previous genetically-challenged pair could not get all eggs to hatch to start with.
Update 4/20/10: There are now 5 eggs in the nest. I’ll be watching the nest closely over the next week to 10 days to make sure they all hatch. Hatching has been a problem with the previous clutches as well as surviving to fledge the nest.
I’ll keep you posted.
After seeing a flurry of activity in the nest box closest to my house, I took a peek yesterday and saw that the bluebirds have built a fine nest. Curiously, the downy woodpecker that’s been using it as an overnight roost is still going in there every night.
Talk about living dangerously!
I’m sure that will all change once she gets any eggs in the box.
I’ll keep you posted and see if I can’t get a picture of the full nest box once she’s laid her eggs in it.
I really hope it’s not the exact same couple that has been returning every year that have been so unsuccessful at increasing their numbers.
Have your bluebirds or chickadees selected their nest boxes yet? Leave me a comment below and tell me about it.