Bluebirds

Bluebird building nest

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.

Bluebirds

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.)

Bluebird eggs

How exciting. . .  there are five bluebird eggs in the nest on April 23.

Bluebird babies

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.

Bluebird babies

Here they are on May 7.

Bluebird babies

On May 9  I could see they were definitely growing feathers.

Bluebird babies

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.

Empty nest

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.

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