Baby Bluebird waiting for food.
Parent Eastern Bluebirds on top of nest box holding insects to feed to their babies inside
Photo taken July 16, 2015. We put this nest box up on April 24, 2015, and we were finally rewarded with a successful second nesting attempt by Eastern Bluebirds. Both Bluebird parents proved to be diligent and devoted to feeding their babies inside the box. The female had laid 4 eggs, and all 4 babies fledged on July 22. More information at http://barnswallowfriends.blogspot.com/2015/07/nesting-bluebirds-bugs-for-babies.html
Female Eastern Bluebird on nest box holding insect while male feeds his insect to babies inside
Photo taken on July 16 2015. We put this nest box up in April. Tree Swallows claimed it on May 1 and built a nest inside, but Bluebirds arrived on May 10 and hijacked the box from the Tree Swallows. The female Tree Swallow had not yet laid any eggs. The female Bluebird of the pair that hijacked the box laid 5 eggs on May 19 to May 23, but ended up abandoning her eggs, and they did not hatch. The male Bluebird continued to guard the box and attracted a new female, who arrived on June 12. The new female apparently removed the 5 eggs from the box and laid 4 eggs of her own on June 18 to 21. On July 22, 4 babies fledged from the box. More information at http://barnswallowfriends.blogspot.com/2015/07/nesting-bluebirds-bugs-for-babies.html
Male Eastern Bluebird on nest box holding grasshopper, preparing to feed babies inside
Photo taken July 16, 2015. Four eggs were laid on June 18 to June 21, and four babies fledged on July 22. More information at http://barnswallowfriends.blogspot.com/2015/07/nesting-bluebirds-bugs-for-babies.html
Female Eastern Bluebird on nest box preparing to feed baby inside
We just put up this nest box in April. I took this photo early in the morning of July 22, 2015, the day the four babies fledged. I did not observe them fledging, but by evening the nest was empty. More information at http://barnswallowfriends.blogspot.com/2015/07/nesting-bluebirds-bugs-for-babies.html
Papa Blue – Feeding Time!
Building that Best Nest
Bluebird building nest in nest box. Six eggs were laid.
See? I will take care of you!
White Eastern Bluebird eggs
Unusual occurrence of pearly pink/white Eastern Bluebird eggs.
In monitored nestbox. Clearly an EABL nest. Adult EABLs have been observed defending and tending nest.
The first white EABL eggs observed in 15 years in 50+ nest box trail.
A fourth egg was laid after this photo was taken.
Photo on July 5, 2015; estimated first egg on July 3, 2015.
Eastern Bluebird eggs
Second Eastern Bluebird clutch of the season in this nestbox. Photo June 23, 2015.
Ready to Fledge Bluebirds
Just taking pic’s of my bluebirds feeding and got lucky on this shot.
Baby Blue Birds
Blue birds built a nest in the bird house next to our deck. It was so fun watching them grow.
At Bacardi Bottling Corporation, we have 22 acres of native warm season grass and wildflowers, a perfect haven for bluebird nesting boxes. We have eight boxes that we monitor through the breeding season and this nest box, the Mango Mansion, is very popular with the resident Eastern Bluebirds! Every week we check to see what activity is happening and this particular week, we saw three hatchlings and two eggs in the box. The little limb at the bottom of the picture speaks of the vulnerability of the species at this stage of life. The vision of environmental corporate responsibility at an industrial site is reality at Bacardi Bottling Corporation!
While this Eastern Bluebird mom usually brings “meaty” meals, she brought a bright, red berry for this baby’s dinner.
Eastern Bluebird Eggs – 2015 1st brood
All five eggs have hatched and the babies are hungry!
Eastern Bluebird Eggs – 2015 1st brood
Put ’em here Dad!
I got the mealworm Blues
Bluebird Bringing Food to Young
Bluebird male and female spent day bringing food to young in birdhouse on our property.
Bluebird Feeding Young
Watched the male and female bluebirds going in and out of our new birdhouse with food feeding the young. Managed to catch the male bluebird on his way back out.
Beautiful Blue Bird Eggs
Blue Bird Eggs Hatching
The tiny ones
Male Eastern Bluebird with green caterpillar
With my seat reclined so I was mostly hidden by my car door, I waited silently with my camera focused on the Bluebird box beside me. The male and female Bluebirds had just flown away, but they would soon return, each with a plump bright green caterpillar in their mouth. They took turns going into the box, feeding the squeaking babies inside.