Success, we have our first baby Western Bluebird! This photo was taken this morning at 8:04AM. I've been keeping close tabs on this nesting box in our front yard this week in anticipation of some hatching. My worry has been the continuing daily circling of Violet-green Swallows that appear to be threatening to enter the Bluebird nesting box. The Violet-greens had a nesting box of their own also in the front yard. But after doing a nest box survey over two weeks ago I discovered that they had not even started with any nesting material, where as the Western Bluebirds had not only built a nest, but had eggs. So in an effort to to get rid of all the Swallow protest, I moved their nesting box to the back yard. Yet, they continue to swoop and cry and create all kinds of havoc. We are off to the coast for a few days, so I won't be able to check the box until we get back. I'm hoping the other eggs will hatch successfully and the Swallows will be kept at bay.