The mild winter and warm March here seems to have put everything in overdrive, even the wildlife. The bluebirds nested early, and by March 22 there were 5 small blue eggs in the nest box. Bluebird watching has become one of our favorite sports here at HA.
Those eggs hatched in early April, and by Earth Day they had fledged. My wife scooped me on that event, getting a great shot of a very young bluebird sitting on the ground, waiting to be fed. I managed to get one fuzzy shot later that day of a young bluebird sitting on the grass. We haven’t seen much of the young birds since then.
A couple of days later, I cleaned out the nest box, which had become quite a mess. The parents do a great job of house cleaning when the young are small, but the nest box eventually gets messy when five young birds are crammed in there! I checked on the box yesterday to see if anything was happening, and was surprised to see a finished nest with one egg.
At this rate, the bluebird pair could easily raise three broods this year. It’s exciting to me to have a ringside seat for these events, and the bluebirds have become a regular presence here in our lives. And all that certainly helps with the HQ (happiness quotient) here at HA!