These articles will get you started on your way towards being a NestWatcher!
Information about birds and their nesting habits!
Find a nest? Want to know who you might find living in your area? Find out here!
Do you want to build a nest box or have one already? Find plans and helpful tips!
Lithia, FL, United States
Watched these beautiful Bluebird parents help their young fledge this morning.
Nests in boxes
Bluebirds fledged this morning! Mom (lower left), Dad (Top) & a Baby (upper right) spotted in nearby tree.
Love the Bluebirds.
Watching some in Geneva, Alabama.
Just learning. How long does it take to hatch?
Here is a great website that provides a bluebird timeline for events. I found it to be very accurate with the past 4 bluebird broods in my nest box: http://www.sialis.org/runt.htm.
Typically it takes 12-14 days for the eggs to hatch from the date the last egg was laid. After they hatch, they fledge anywhere from 16-21 days, but mine have always fledged on the 18th & 19th day. Enjoy!
How soon should you clean out the nest after the babies fledge
Hi Linda, you might find this article helpful. Bluebirds will re-use old nests, and can build their own, so cleaning the box is up to you. Please note that it’s important to be completely sure that another nesting attempt has not begun yet when you clean the box out, so if you are unsure, we generally recommend waiting until the fall, unless they are particularly soiled with fecal matter.
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