The Bluebird Diaries – Vol. 2 No. 2

Fantastic progress on the bluebird nest!! They’re moving so much faster this time, and if I had to guess (always dangerous!) I’d say it’s because of the weather. Bluebirds often postpone nest-building and/or incubating when the weather is too cold to support babies, and I’m assuming that’s why it took so long to build the first nest. At the rate they’re moving this time, we might have eggs this week!

The female has been super-busy, bringing huge mouthfuls of material only to drop most of it before making it into the nest box. But, then she picks up what she drops and uses that too!

Trying to fit a square peg into a round hole!

This is the male. As usual he’s carrying no nesting material. He just supervises the process!

Male bluebird checking out the progress, with the female close behind. Watch out!!

The very best part is that they’re bringing their babies around while they work! Bluebird babies usually stay very well hidden, but lately they’ve been somewhat out and about! This little guy thinks he’s getting a meal but this is nesting material the mom is gathering. (If you look very closely behind the baby, you’ll see a second baby hidden in the shadows!)

Mom and baby bluebirds

Mom and baby bluebird

Mom and baby bluebird

Bluebird Baby

Baby bluebird

It’s common for babies from the first clutch to help the parents feed babies born the second time around so we’re hopeful we’ll continue to see them as this round progresses! We’ll be back in a few days with another update. Thanks for following along! We’ll leave you with a picture of the nest progress.


All photos courtesy of White Pine Photo. I wouldn’t have a blog if not for my fantastic photographer! Connect with White Pine Photo: Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter


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2 Responses to The Bluebird Diaries – Vol. 2 No. 2

  1. bree1972 says:

    Elizabeth, your photographs are awesome!

  2. Have to laugh, you were reading my blog as I was reading yours! Your Memorial Day pictures choked me up a bit. (As did the frog but for a very different reason, LOL! Have to admire the pictures even though he met with an untimely end!) Thanks so much for visiting.

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