Saturday, April 27, 2019

Honeymoon

I previously posted about the beautiful Bluebird pair who moved into the bluebird house and started building a nest immediately after I hung it in the front yard.  They industriously built their nest, which was enjoyable to watch, but then.... nothing.  There was no activity for several days, and the house seemed to be abandoned.  Did they move out, or were they quietly sitting on eggs in there?  I took a quick look inside.

a surprisingly empty nest
Confused, I asked someone who knew more about birds what had possibly happened.  Did they find a better place to nest?  I had seen a cowbird checking the nest out.  Did it scare them away?

I was relieved when the woman I talked to said to not lose hope yet.  Apparently bluebirds will sometimes make a nest and then go on a 'honeymoon' before laying eggs, waiting for there to be a better food supply outside.  Sure enough, a couple weeks later after the weather had gotten warmer and bugs started to fly around, the bluebirds were back!  A quick peek inside confirmed it.


Five little blue eggs!  I look forward to seeing babies before too long.

Happy spring!


14 comments:

  1. How beautiful and exciting - I hope they all fledge successfully!

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  2. Wonderful nest and blue eggs. How exciting having bluebirds nesting in the garden. I thought they only existed in songs.

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    1. They almost went extinct several decades ago, but thankfully there was a big push to put up bluebird houses and save them.

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  3. Fabulous, blue eggs as expected. I remember as a child being told there was no such thing as bluebirds. They should have said, well not in the UK.

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    1. They almost went extinct here in North America several decades ago, but thankfully many people started putting up and keeping bluebird houses to save them.

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  4. How exciting! Congratulations!

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  5. They deserved a honeymoon after building such a sophisticated nest.

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    1. Maybe they needed a break after all their hard work!

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  6. How cool! Those eggs are perfect, and I would have never expected a pine needle nest. I wonder if the family appreciates a nicely scented bedroom ;)
    I wouldn't have expected them to come back and lay eggs. SOunds like they know what they're doing!

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  7. How cute! I hope you get to see the new baby birds when they hatch. Happy springtime! -Beth

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  8. Sweet! Please keep us posted on their progress. Bluebirds are awesome! I don't see them here at my property because it's too shady.

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  9. Awww, a honeymoon! They will be busy raising those babies very soon. :-)

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