Friday, June 14, 2013

Four beautiful Souls - Newborn Eastern Bluebird

I lost power, internet, phone, TV (never watch and don't care) last night due to a sever thunderstorm. I have no flash light, no candles, not even heard any sound. I was in a complete darkness but I was not alone. Four beautiful souls were born on my deck last evening!


3 chicks just hatched and one more to go! Day zero :)  ....Click image to enlarge


The picture was taken few hours before the storm. I was wondering if chicks were scared, if they were hungry or if the last chick was too scared to come out. I have never this closely watch a bluebird box. I have no choice but installing a bluebird nesting box on my deck this year. I was very skeptical if they will hatch because the nesting box was very close to a human, me! Nest was built back in the March. I noticed this female was very meticulous in a way that she constantly threw large pine straws and put smaller ones in. It took about one month to build this nest, which was longer than a normal nest. I was so looking forward to seeing her sitting.  But this pair never returned until the end of May. This bluebird mom has her way and she knew how her nest would be built and when she would be ready for sitting. I thought they might be young parents with less experience. So I decided to give them a "boost"!


Hatching countdown! Click image to enlarge

First, I noticed two squirrels attack my seed feeders. So I removed all my seed feeders. Sorry to all finches, chickadees and woodpeckers. But I have to do this to create a safe breeding environment for bluebirds. Next, I bring in a "blue" cup of water. I guess bluebirds must love blue color. I wanted to make sure that they have plenty of water before, during and after nesting. Finally, I need to be patient. Good things come to those who wait. This is my religion! -- Happy Birding! -- Linda


We are 7 days old!...Click image to enlarge


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