A pair of bluebirds decided to build their nest, in a house located at the top of a grapevine post, in February. Later, they abandoned it for another house near the asparagus bed.
Here they are (still courting in April) building a second nest in the new house. (In previous years, the chickadees took over this house built for bluebirds.)
How exciting. . . there are five bluebird eggs in the nest on April 23.
By May 4, there were babies in the nest. I carefully talked to the parents each time I wanted to peek in and take a photo. I continued to take photos every other day just to see how they were growing.
Here they are on May 7.
On May 9 I could see they were definitely growing feathers.
And on May 11 they had more feathers and less fluff. They hunkered down and were quiet when I peeked in. Prior to that they had been chirping loudly when Mom or Dad came in with food.
May 13. . . the nest is empty! I knew birds grew quickly but this took me by surprise. I was so disappointed that I did not get to see them again with blue feathers before they fledged. Now I hear bluebirds singing every day and I imagine some of the songs are from the newly growing-up babies.