A few weeks ago we were delighted to see five little blue eggs in one of our bluebird houses. For several years now we have enjoyed watching Eastern Bluebirds set up housekeeping in one or both of the nestboxes we have provided for them.
Once the eggs have been laid it is recommended that you monitor the nestbox regularly. One day Brett peeked into the box and noticed the eggs had disappeared.
He looked down and noticed the eggs laying on the ground. Some were broken, others still intact. Upon closer inspection he noticed three little babies laying in the mulch.
He quickly headed for the garage and I headed in for the camera.
Donning work gloves he gently picked up the sweet babies.
We were heartbroken to see their Happy Home destroyed in this manner. I have since read up on it and suspect it was the work of House Sparrows. House Sparrows are non-native birds that aggressively take over nesting sites while destroying the bluebird eggs and killing the young.
Brett gently returned the three babies to their nest. Soon the mama bluebird returned to check on her children.
The next day when we monitored the box two of the babies were gone. We were sad.
However, there was still one baby snuggled up in the nest.
So we continued to monitor.
We watched as the mama flew in and out feeding and caring for her precious baby.
Soon the baby grew bigger and also grew feathers.
The things you see on the ends of the feathers are called "sheaths". They will soon disintegrate and ...
the fluffy and blue feathers will appear.
Soon "our" baby will be ready to fledge.
Farewell Baby Blue ~ we will miss you.
May you live a safe and happy life.
I wish you bluebirds in the spring, To give your heart a song to sing …- I wish you love, written by A. A. Beach & C. Trenet, 1946