Baby Bluebirds have hatched!

by Michelle on May 7, 2011

I know that BBD is a food blog but over the years I have kept you updated on the yearly Bluebird population at Spend-a-Buck Farm. And I am happy to report one nest of babies has hatched! Sorry I don’t have any pictures of the eggs but it was so cold, in fact it snowed several times, when the eggs were laid I just didn’t want to disturb mama Bluebird while she was keeping the eggs warm.

As soon as I open the box, up pop four babies with their mouths wide open! Sorry that the pictures are a bit blurry but the babies don’t know the word “stay” yet.

I have five Bluebird houses scattered about on our 6 acres, but the Bluebirds generally nest in just two of the houses and this year is no different. I have one nest with four eggs which just hatched last week and then I have another box with a nest of five eggs which should be hatching in about two weeks. So far every time a Bluebird has nested in one of my boxes, they have a second nesting and I will keep you updated.

I installed the Bluebird houses in 2001 and we’ve averaged 14 new baby Bluebirds a year. As of 2010 we’ve had a whopping total of 140 new babies! And all have lived long enough to fly from the nest and ironically it is usually around 6 pm that the first flight occurs. Some of the babies can’t quite make the first flight from the nest and the parents start fussing so much so that I can hear them in the house. So I have to go out and rescue the baby and put it back in the Bluebird house, but within an hour or so the baby has successfully “flown the coop”.

We were a bit late taking in our Christmas decorations this year, in fact way late and Mama Robin chose our 5′ exterior Christmas tree that we put on our porch as her nesting spot..LOL! We’re about two acres from the road and no one can see our house any how so we’ll just have to leave our tree up for another month or so until the babies learn to fly.

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  • Christy Martin May 7, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Beautiful Photos…I love bluebirds.

  • Renee @kudoskitchen May 7, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Yay! Congratulations and happy Spring? Odd weather we’re having. However, what a fun post. I loved seeing the babies!!!

  • Winnie May 7, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Holy cuteness!!!

  • katrina May 8, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Wow – those are beautiful photos – thank you for such delightful closeups – what a joy to behold!

  • Connie May 8, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    They’re so ugly they’re cute! Amazing photos – thanks for sharing!

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  • Kat May 9, 2011 at 6:57 am

    Our Blue Bird babies flew the coop on Saturday evening. Don’t you get attacked when you try to take these photos? One year long ago, we had our 2 cats and the blue birds were leaving the nest and as each one flew out the cat grabbed one, and so me and DIL were frantically trying to save the remaining and the mom and dad attacked us! We did manage to save all but one.
    I love the Blue birds and ours usually have a second brood too.

    • Michelle May 9, 2011 at 7:10 am

      No, I never had a problem with the Bluebirds whenever I gone near the nest or even opened the box. But I think they know me from being out in the yard so much and I do look in the box almost every day. I guess they feel comfortable with me. But once I took 2 male friends out to see the babies and the bluebirds were not very happy and were swooping around, so I never did that again.

  • Julie G May 9, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Oh, this is a most wonderful post! Those little nestlings are so very precious with their feather-sprouted heads and banana yellow wide open mouths. How wonderful that the bluebirds have been so very successful on your property. Currently we have 6 bluebird nestboxes up with one in use by a beautiful pair. Their eggs should be hatching soon! I love this post! Thanks for bringing a big smile to my face 😀

  • shrinidhi May 9, 2011 at 10:21 am

    ow awesome pics…..soo beautiful..thanks for sharing…:)

  • Margaret May 11, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Love bluebirds. They attack my hub’s truck mirror all the time. Love to watch the dance they do with the ‘other’ bird.

  • Dileep thoroh May 12, 2011 at 7:24 am

    Nice blog and nice post i like it a lot thanks for sharing this post!

  • Delishhh May 18, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    Oh my – awesome photos!!!!

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