This year, we watched as bluebirds flew around it making a nest. Later we checked it occasionally to watch the successful brood that was raised there. Wally and I took a few pictures of the process as you'll see below.
Let me mention a couple of things before you look at the pictures. Baby birds inside dark boxes don't take "cute" photos. I think the phrase, " They look like something only a mother could love," applies here.
|February 23--Our bluebird nesting box that Wally built as part of his Boy Scout Eagle project.|
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It took a couple of weeks for the nest to be built and then it sat empty for a couple more weeks.
This nest is made out of pine needles. Bluebirds usually use only one material to build their nests.
|April 26--They hatch.|
I don't know exactly when the babies hatched, but I think it was just before this picture was taken.
The four babies are mostly pink skin with tufts of gray down on their heads.
|April 30--five days old|
The down is increasing and the beak is a lot more prominent.
The eyes aren't open yet, but they should be opening in a couple of days.
|May 11--sixteen days old|
They have visible tail feathers and are starting to develop wing feathers.
There's still a fair amount of down.
|May 19, 2012--twenty-four days old|
The nest is empty. They've probably been gone for a couple of days.