Thursday, May 10, 2018

First Bluebird Chick!

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.

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