Chickadee, Bluebird, & Nuthatch.

Rare Bluebird visit to the feeders. There was 2 males & 1 female.

First breeding season in our new home

A selection of images of some of our backyard parents and their kids. The bluebirds had three clutches in a new house I built just for them after I noticed them interested in (but not buying) an older house I’d put up. The Tanagers were summer-long visitors to our feeders, which was a real treat, and the Broad-winged Hawk was one of three fledglings who seemed unafraid to use our birdbath during the summer heat.

Joyfully Birdwatching

From my window I see
So many lovelies
Looking back at me

Baby Bluebirds

Eastern Bluebird feeding one of its young.

Another picture of an Eastern Bluebird feeding one of its young. The nest box was located in my backyard. Three Bluebirds hatched and fledged. The dad was diligent in feeding his young!

Eastern Bluebird Nestling

Eastern Bluebird Nestling that was getting close to fledging. From Spring-Summer 2022. My first attempt at installing a bluebird nest box. Three bluebirds successfully hatched and fledged.

Eastern Blue Bird feeding its nestling

Eastern Bluebird feeding its nestling. Nest box was located in my backyard spring-summer 2022. My first attempt at building one, installing, and monitoring it! Three Bluebirds hatched and fledged.

The Seasonal Evolution of a Duck Box

I have had this Duck Box on the edge of the East Fork of the Eno River in my backyard for 7+/- years. This is the first year it served as a successful nest site for 2 species, Wood Ducks and Eastern Bluebirds. Red Shouldered Hawks on the other hand have always found the Duck Box a productive hunting perch.

Blue Birds and Hummingbirds

Eastern Bluebird Nesting


Eastern-screech owl & a Eastern bluebird’s eggs,2020.

This is in 2020,I am posting this on:10/7/2022.I was new to Nestwatch in 2022.

(He or she)screech owl.

Bluebirds Fledge, Robins Hatch, Hummingbird

All five bluebirds have fledged, the Hummingbirds have popped up in the yard, and all three robin eggs have hatched.

A juvenile bluebird assists in feeding the brood. Eastern Bluebird

A juvenile bluebird has been assisting mom and dad with feeding the brood. There are four hatchlings in the nest.

Bluebird Hatchlings

All 5 bluebirds have hatched! I’ve seen adults stop in to feed very frequently!

Bluebirds Hatch!

Today the first two (I promise there’s another hatchling under the bird with it’s mouth open haha) bluebirds have hatched!

Eastern Bluebird Juvenile Feeds Nestlings

While photographing Eastern Bluebirds bringing insects to their nestlings in a tree hole, I “caught” a juvenile also bringing insects to its (presumed) siblings!! What a surprise!! The juvenile entered the tree hole four times with insects over the course of about an hour-and-a-half while the parents also fed the nestlings. The male bluebird had to wait his turn while the juvenile was in the tree hole.

Bluebird Meal!

When I approached the box, I saw the mama feeding her young. Bluebird young are fed exclusively plant and berry matter. After she left, I checked the box and was able to watch the (confused) babies eat their meals!

Bluebird Nest

Eastern Bluebirds: eyes open; feathering up

The three nest mates are coming right along. This will probably be the last time I open the box until they fledge.

Papa Bluebird on Guard

The male of my Bluebird pair is very protective of his nest box.

Five Eggs, Four Mouths, 3 Sleeping Nestlings

Eastern Bluebird – five eggs laid, 4 hungry young on May 7, 2022. At least 3 sleeping nestlings on May 13. Not sure if the fourth is still there and is just hard to see. Time will tell!!!

Eastern Bluebird Hatchlings

Eastern Bluebird hatchlings – one egg left. I see a small puncture / crush on the last egg. Not sure if it is starting to hatch (to the best of my knowledge, that’s usually a morning thing), or if it was accidentally punctured.
Time will tell. Won’t check again for at least 3 days from now.

Eastern Bluebird Nest Building Underway

Nest building started Sunday, 4/10/22.

Fledgling Bluebird

This little bluebird fledgling just left the nest and is looking around, taking it all in, and looking for mom and dad!

It’s a family affair

Bluebird family (siblings and parents) all pitch in to feed the nestlings

Feed us Mommy!

Mama Eastern Bluebird bringing food to the hungry nestlings.

Juvenile Bluebird Perched on the Deck Post

Waiting patiently as their brothers and sisters hog the mealworm dish.

Our favorite kind of guests

We have several nestboxes that we monitor and maintain on our property. Each year, they are full of babies…some having 2 to 4 broods with us.

Breakfast Has Been Served

A female Eastern Bluebird leaves the nest box after a quick morning meal delivery.

Eastern blue!

Bluebird in the yard!

Crowd of baby bluebirds

This is a photo of one of the batches of Eastern bluebirds that successfully fledged from one of our bluebird nesting boxes. We provide live meal-worms in a special feeder. The parent birds quickly (usually) find the feeder and make good use of it. Their frequent flights to and from the feeder back to the nest box provide beautiful flashes of color as they struggle to keep up with the ever-hungry chicks.We are convinced that at least a few of these chicks have hung around, knowing that there is a good supply of food both natural and feeder-based.

BlueBird House 1 Activity

The enjoyment from observing and learning Bluebird families is rewarding…

First Birdhouse First Clutch

My first birdhouse build project. I wanted to build a real working birdhouse versus decorative. I researched the bird species with the need, and found Cornell Labs Nestwatch. This is now the first of 2 bluebird houses on either ends of our property.

5 Little Bluebirds

This picture was taken in the spring of 2021. A pair of bluebirds successfully raised these five youngsters.

The Good Parents

The Old Trolley Line Trail, Sturbridge, Massachusetts

Bluebirds in Virginia Backyard.

Our first year putting in a bluebird nest box in our backyard was a huge success. We saw 3 different broods born, fledged 13.

Eastern Bluebird Young

something for the nest

bluebird in spring doing its job

Eastern Bluebird Eggs

Eastern Bluebird eggs in a dark nest box.

Eastern Bluebird Female on Nest

New kid in town

Newly hatched Eastern Bluebird

House hunting

Backyard Beauties!

This year I have seen more Eastern Bluebirds in my backyard. I counted a number of four one day. These birds are such a delight to see. Their blue feathers are so beautiful, makes you want to get a glimpse or try not miss an opportunity to capture a shot of. I was thrilled after I put a nest box up they started becoming regulars. Though they never used the new box, they however nested in my martin apartment I have up, which was different but a wonderful experience none the less.

Bluebird Fledgling Feeding Nestlings

Fledgling Eastern Bluebird is bringing a mealworm to the nest box to feed the nestlings while the adult male is also feeding the nestlings.

Eastern Bluebird helpers

This is our first year with a bluebird house. We are in a suburban setting with no Tree Swallows to compete with bluebirds. A pair of Eastern Bluebirds has been nesting each spring at the home across the street so we added the bird house and put a cup feeders with meal worms. After the pair’s first brood fledged, the adults selected our birdhouse for the second brood. Sometime around July 21, I repeatedly saw what I believe is juvenile male perching near to adult, and both visiting nest box as seen it first image. I am sure female was in the box. (There are four chicks.) On August 19, I observed the juvenile male enter box with grasshopper (?) and minute later exit. Note in second image that the wings have male blue but shoulders are still dark. Isn’t this clearly a juvie? Today is 8/20. I observed three drab birds on the next box at the same time. Granted, one could be adult female but at least two are juveniles. I frequently see two of these drab birds at morning feeding frenzy with one entering box, and a second waiting. Are helpers all that rare and we are just lucky?

First flight out of the birdbox

Babies first flight! Fledging from the box.

Feeding time just before fledge

Feeding time just prior to fledge

Juvenile helper Eastern Bluebird Poop Sac Removal

I have observed a juvenile bluebird assisting with family duty during this breeding cycle. In the photo depicted, I captured the juvenile removing a poop sac. I had additional photographs of the juvenile feeding the babies.

Bluebird Juvenile Helper Feeding

This Bluebird Juvenile from first brood is helping mom and dad feed this second brood. This is the second day I’ve seen this Juvenile carrying food to nest to feed.

Fledging Bluebirds

Eastern Bluebirds fledge successfully.

Hard working dad

These 2 fledged 3 weeks ago. Momma’s fate is unknown as she vanished after laying 2 eggs of a 3rd brood, the nest box found open. I suspect a predator got her. This makes watching these parenting moments all the more touching. I’m thankful for the 2 successful broods this year.

Eastern Bluebird Fledglings

Bluebird fledglings ready to go

Watch Eastern Bluebird Egg Hatching!

This is the second brood this year for a young breeding pair of Eastern Bluebirds.

Baby bluebirds hatching

Bluebird nest

Give that baby a worm!

8 day old Eastern Bluebirds in a nestbox in our pasture.

Female Eastern Bluebird with Cicada

Female E. Bluebird preparing to feed fifth and final baby bluebird a Cicada

Female E. Bluebird with Cicada

After 4 baby bluebirds already left the box, this female bluebird is preparing to feed the final baby a molted Cicada.

Momma Bluebird on nest

Just a couple days before expected hatching

Eastern Bluebird Hatchling

In this clutch of 6, the first Eastern Bluebird egg hatched at 6:50 am. This is the second brood for this young breeding pair, who was also born in this same nest box last Spring. What a great way to start Memorial Day weekend!

Bluebird Twins

Taken May 25, 2021. Abnormally large 5th egg in bluebird nest. 2nd nest of 2021 season.

House Hunting Bluebirds!

Six Bluebird Eggs!

This is the second brood this year for this young nesting pair. This sixth egg came as a complete surprise, as the parents were born in this same nest box only last year, so they are relatively young. Their last brood produced five fledglings, so I have my fingers crossed that we will have six more to add to my backyard family!

First visit of Bluebirds after fledging

This was my first look at one of the young since I stopped nest box checks a week before fledging. We are first-time Bluebird landlords, and put a lot of thought and effort into giving Bluebirds a chance. One week after the brood of 4 fledged, the parents returned with a couple of the intrepid youngsters.

Alida’s Blues

Bluebird defense

This male bluebird is protecting his house against some tree swallows, and he is doing a amazing job. His favorite move is the “Wing Flick”.

Bluebird with Attitude

5 Baby Eastern Bluebirds rescued

We woke up on Tuesday 4/27/21 and noticed the birdhouse had been tilted on the tree it was mounted on. We went out to investigate the scene and heard little chirps; looked in and saw at least 3 newly hatched bluebird babies. Watched the bird house from our patio for 6+ hours and didn’t see mom or dad bluebird anywhere in the area. We contacted a wildlife rehab center and they recommended we go ahead and retrieve the nest of babies and bring them indoors, feed them and then we drove them to their facility on 4/28. There are 5 babies total and they were all eating well. The birdhouse was mounted on the tree prior to us moving in but we are now moving it to a freestanding pole and adding a stovepipe baffle. We think one of the local feral cats got mom the night before. Dad did appear in the afternoon on 4/28 and sat on a branch in front of the birdhouse making calls toward the nest. 🙁

Territory protectivness

Window to the World

Baby Bluebird gets a few moments of encouragement from Papa Blue, minutes before he takes his first flight into the world.

Male & Female Eastern Bluebird

Baby Bluebird Fledges the Nest! First Flight!

Young bluebirds

Bluebirds moving in

Eastern Bluebird babies

Eastern Bluebirds nested in my backyard for the third consecutive year, and blessed me this Spring with 5 babies. This is the first brood at 5 days old. Hatch date was April 6, 2021.

Bluebirds Building a Nest

Eastern Bluebird – Female and Eggs!

The first image is of the female in our bluebird nesting pair, seemingly watching us as we observe from afar. The second image, taken on March 22, 2021, captures the actual bluebird nest with five eggs.

Fluffy Female

Eastern Bluebird nest

Eastern Bluebird nest under construction.

Eastern Bluebird

Blue Bird Baby’s

Bluebird babies

Juvenile Eastern Bluebird Feeds Nestlings

Juvenile Eastern Bluebird, presumably from first clutch, feeds sibling nestlings from second clutch. It was helping the adult pair (presumably its parents) feed the nestlings from the second clutch.

Blue Bird/ Chipping Sparrow nestings

I build Blue Bird nest boxes for over 25 years with 2-3 successful nesting per year.

Bluebird second brood

Showing success of nest

Eastern Bluebird dad feeding babies

Eastern bluebird bringing food

Coming in for a landing

I can sit on our front porch and watch the parents come and go. I was luck to be able to catch them as they flew to the nest.

eastern bluebird eggs & nestlings

Eastern Bluebirds and Unidentified Visitor

This is a pair of bluebirds nesting in a box in our yard AND an unidentified flying object that looks like a Western Kingbird. I am hoping someone on here will be able to tell me what the Unidentified Bird is. Thank You. Maureen

Shocked! i was not expecting this!

The eastern bluebirds first brood had 4 eggs so I thought they would have 3 for there second brood put the mother surprised me with a fourth egg wow! This made my day

Blue Bird chicks

First successful Blue Bird nesting

Big, happy family

Bluebird couple and three juvenile bluebirds

Eastern Bluebird

The juveniles from 1st brood are hanging around my nest box while mom sits on her 5 eggs of 2nd brood. Dad feeds the juvis and mom in the box.

Eastern Blue bird nest

HELP I’m really worried

Well my bluebirds fledge all 4 of them on the same day but after they left I removed the nest cleaned it and I was done for now it’s been a couple of days and they never came back. They only visited once they went inside came out and left I never seen them in my yard ever since their the babies fledged I’m worried they won’t come back this was there first brood of they year and I got excited for there future broods. A pair of great crested flycatchers came by to check the nest box then left and never returned since. I don’t know what to do it’s almost a week since the babies fledged I’m freaking out

Bluebird babies fledging

Video of 3 of our 5 Bluebird babies fledging. Finally got to witness the event & got it on video. So excited to have all 5 eggs hatch & go to fledge. We have hosted many BB families in that (& other boxes) but that box is a particular favorite.

We had a House Sparrow pair show up & compete for that box. My husband dispatched the male. Female showed back up a week later with another male. He had to dispatch that male as well. The Bluebirds then were able to complete their nest & family

Hatching today

As I was out monitoring, I found Berlin Dam box #14 had bluebirds actually hatching. Look close and you will see the blue eggs with small pecked out holes.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Cornell Lab of Ornithology