Bluebird Diary 2020
Please do not check inside boxes without FOBM permission. Too much disruption may cause birds to abandon their nests. Thanks!
Two lovely photos by Jean-Claude of Bluebirds checking out our nest boxes this year.
The one on the left is a male Mountain Bluebird and the one on the right is a Western Bluebird.
Box 1 Western Bluebirds were hanging around, eyeing the box.
Box 2 Another pair of Western Bluebirds were eyeing this box.
Box 3 No evidence of nesting.
Box 4 No evidence of nesting or Bluebirds or Swallows at this site.
Box 5 No obvious sightings of birds but a nest here is clearly underway.
Box 6 A pair of Mountain Bluebirds were hanging around this box.
Boxes 7 - 12 had no evidence of nesting activity or Bluebirds or Swallows in vicinity.
Box 1 5 Western Bluebird eggs
Box 2 Western Bluebird nest almost completed
Box 3 - 5 Nothing in boxes
Box 6 6 Mountain Bluebird eggs
Box 7 - 12 nothing in boxes
Box 1 Western Bluebird sitting on nest (still 5 eggs, I presume)
Box 2 Western Blubird nest with 5 eggs
Box 3 - 5 Empty
Box 6 Mountain Bluebird box with 6 eggs (female flew off the nest when we opened the box. But all seems well as we saw both male & female near box later.)
Boxes 7 - 12 Empty
Box 1 5 Western Bluebirds all hatched
Box 2 5 Western Bluebird eggs
Box 3 Violet Green Swallows seen in vicinity
Box 6 6 Mountain Bluebirds all hatched
Box 4, 5, 7 - 12 empty
6 Mountain Bluebird eggs in box 6
Joan peaks into a nest.
Box 1 5 Western Bluebirds young in nest.
Box 2 5 very young Western Bluebirds in nest. They can be checked once more.
Box 6 5 or 6 young Mountain Bluebirds on nest. See photo below.
Boxes 3-5 empty. We didn't check the last 6 boxes as nothing likely.
Box S2 Western Bluebirds were building a nest.
April 21 Again Western Bluebirds have been spotted by 2 nest boxes. Both pairs of Western Bluebirds were seen with straw in their mouths going into the boxes to add a bit more to their architectural masterpieces. Small bits of straw were also seen in boxes 6, 7 and 8. Could these possibly be the beginnings of new nests?