Feather ID needed
Blue feather found at Kleb Woods. Think either Eastern Bluebird or Blue Jay but leading towards Bluebird due to color. I’m not an expert on bluebirds but it looks nothing like a Blue Jay feather. https://ebird.org/checklist/S145097417
Very excited — and surprised — to find 6 Bluebird eggs in the nest box today! Now this is what you call a Bluebird Eggstravaganza! This is far beyond my Eggspectations for this wonderful Bluebird pair!
New Bluebird nest!
I went to check all of my nest boxes and when I got to my first one, a female Bluebird flew out of the box! I checked on the inside and found this nest, I’m hoping we’ll have some Bluebird babies this season!
The nest is made of twigs and dried grass, and is inside a nest box roughly 6 by 6 1/2 inches wide and long. The box is about 10 1/2 inches tall with an entrance hole about 1 1/2 inches. The box is facing Southwest.
Chickadee, Bluebird, & Nuthatch.
Rare Bluebird visit to the feeders. There was 2 males & 1 female.
This cute baby bluebird was panting as he sat on a birdbath.
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.
All 5 bluebirds have hatched! I’ve seen adults stop in to feed very frequently!
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.
5 Little Bluebirds
This picture was taken in the spring of 2021. A pair of bluebirds successfully raised these five youngsters.
Female mountain bluebird busy building her nest.
Watch Eastern Bluebird Egg Hatching!
This is the second brood this year for a young breeding pair of Eastern Bluebirds.
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!
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!
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.
Baby Bluebird Fledges the Nest! First Flight!
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.
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.
Eastern Bluebird nest
Eastern Bluebird nest under construction.
Eastern Bluebirds Fledging
Eastern Bluebird Babies
Eastern Bluebird babies at 8 days old. This is the third brood of Eastern Bluebirds born in this next box this year. This clutch came from different parents than the first two broods.
Bluebird 4 eggs
Bluebird pair raised 4 chicks in April-March 2019.
Now June 19 bluebird female laid 4 eggs in same nestbox.
Eastern Bluebird – male
This is the year of the 17 year Locust, cicada actually, here in Western Pennsylvania. This male Eastern Bluebird spent all day catching the cicadas on the ground and tearing off the soft abdomen part. He made many trips to the nest box with these little morsels.
Out On a Limb
Out On a Limb. This baby Eastern Bluebird was hatched April 23, 2019 and fledged May 12, 2019. Here he is on a tree in my backyard, within 25 feet of where he was born and raised. He’s as cute as a button! Little does he know, there are 5 eggs in the nest box, so he will soon be meeting his new siblings.
Eastern Bluebird babies at 3 days old
Eastern Bluebird babies at 3 days old. There were 5 eggs in this clutch, and all hatched.
Breakfast is Ready
Papa Bluebird brings an insect breakfast to Mama, who is inside the nest box incubating 5 eggs.
Eastern Bluebird Eggs
I was happy to see 5 eggs this evening in the nest box. Another egg or two would certainly be welcome! 🙂
Eastern Bluebird Eggs
This evening when I monitored the nest box, I was pleasantly surprised to see two eggs! I put this nest box up last summer, hoping it would be used this year. It was fun to watch the female collect dried grass from my yard and carry it to the box to construct the nest. I look forward to watching my backyard Bluebird family grow this Spring and Summer!
Eastern bluebird pair
Pair of Bluebirds
Bluebirds are probably 14-15 days old. Photo taken 6/14/2018 by Fr. McKusky.
Greed Is Good
I put out about a dozen newly molted mealworms for the bluebirds every day. Moderation is key. The nestlings should have a variety of different prey items for best nutrition. On cold rainy days like today, the overworked parents really appreciate the family-sized meal. The soft skinned newly molted larvae are a little easier for the nestlings to swallow than the harder skinned ones.
First Bluebird hatchling!
White Eastern Bluebird Eggs
First Bluebird Brood of the year
Adult left and I had the chance to get a picture of the eggs.
Mom not happy
Rob and Laura 4 new babies
I checked the box yesterday, 3/21/2017, to check on the eggs and to my surprise I found these 4 little things
My first 5 baby bluebirds of the 2016 season!
Bluebird nest and eggs
5 bluebird eggs, first egg laid 5/20/15 – last on 5/25/15.
Eastern Bluebird newborns
Bluebird sits on the nest.
Once a week I check my bluebird boxes and count the eggs. I tap on the side of the box before I open it and normally momma bird will exit. This little gal refused to leave the nest. I took her picture and closed the door. I’ll check again in a couple days and maybe she will be more cooperative.
Bluebird landing to feed waiting baby
This is a screen shot from a video I took.
Six Bluebird Eggs
Usually we see 5 eggs, but on May 24, 2014 we found 6. The same nesting pair is now waiting on their 3rd clutch (5 eggs this time) to hatch which makes 16 eggs this year.
Babies any Day
We should have babies any day now
Mom on Guard
This is my Bluebird mom guarding her nest of 4 eggs ..you might have to zoom in a little
Eastern Bluebirds fledge.
Backyard bluebird boxes in use.