Journal archives for April 2022

April 18, 2022

Eastern Bluebird Nest

Whilst visiting family in Indiana last week, I had the pleasure of observing a bluebird couple figure out the ins and outs of avian parenting. Well, not quite yet. These bluebirds were very choosy about which nesting box to use, but eventually, they settled on one in the front yard. I never got to see the nest with just one egg, but on the first day I checked, there were two precious, perfectly-shaped turquoise eggs. I approached the nesting box tentatively, making sure the parents weren't in the nest or watching nearby. I opened the little door and peered inside the nest - and sure enough, there were two eggs. The next day, I did the same thing and was greeted by a newly laid egg, joining its future siblings. This went on for two more days, each day with a new little bird. Most Eastern Bluebirds usually lay four to five eggs at a time. Most Bluebird mothers new to parenting tend to only lay four, so I'm not sure what this says about the female's age. I hope that I get to see the Bluebird chicks grow up and start families of their own. The eggs are beautiful.

If you'd like to see pictures of the nest every day with a growing amount of eggs to hatching, click here.

(Side note: I also think it's rather impressive how the computer vision was able to recognize what species had laid the eggs, don't you?)

Edit 5/4/22: Around May 2, they hatched!!

Posted on April 18, 2022 04:00 PM by mbwildlife mbwildlife | 2 comments | Leave a comment