When I first started working at Audubon, I took a workshop on attracting and caring for Eastern Bluebirds. We put lots of boxes out all over the place. I don’t monitor them as often as I could and I don’t submit the data, because I just don’t have time in the Spring. But I do check on them!
I’m very excited that two boxes out in the big field that we sometimes call “Big Field” and other times “The Bluebird Meadow” have bluebirds this spring.
Bluebirds lay one egg each day until they have 4-6 eggs. The eggs will be cold until mama decides she has “enough” and starts to incubate them.
I don’t know how many eggs she eventually layed. She refused to get off the nest yesterday when I went to check, and while I have sometimes removed a mama bird to count eggs, I just didn’t want to disturb her… It was, after all, Mother’s Day.
Some of the other boxes on the field had Tree Swallow nests – one with a couple of cold eggs. At the far end of the field, I checked the last box and found another Bluebird pair and 4 more eggs! Here’s the daddy, courtesy of that 70-300 lens Terry loaned me: